Kava Club and Chop suey hui

Kava Club is a Wellington based collective of Maori and Pacific Island creatives. Anyone can come along to the Chop Suey Hui at 17 Tory St to eat chop suey, listen, share stories and be inspired. Find out more in this sweet clip from the Wireless: Join KAVA CLUB on Facebook to stay up to … Continue reading

SAFE: Shakti Art Fundraising Exhibition

In October 17 Tory Street hosted the SAFE: Shakti Art Fundraising Exhibition, in support of the vital and inspiring work of Shakti. Shakti is a not-for-profit organisation specialised in the area of ethnic women’s development and domestic violence prevention, who were opening a new safe house in the Wellington region.   The fundraising exhibition took place between October 21st – 24th. The event was brought together … Continue reading

Takahē book launch

Recently I [Stacey Teague] had a launch for my book, Takahē, in Wellington, NZ. Readers included Jackson Nieuwland, Carolyn Decarlo, Freya Daly Sadgrove, Alice May Connolly & Eamonn Marra. It was rlyyy nice/cool, Photos by Simon Palenski, except the last 2 which are via my shitty iphone. Ok that’s all. (Buy my book).

Paint making with Barry Thomas

The paint making and painting workshop was a trial at 19 Tory to see who is interested in experiencing a return to old methods of paint making. In the 4 hour session participants ground raw earth pigments, learned where to collect them, some art and paint making history about oil paint, tempera and PVA based … Continue reading

Capitalism: Not Our Future – conference report

More than 100 people packed into the activist space at 19 Tory Street in Wellington to discuss struggle, solidarity and socialism over Queen’s Birthday weekend. The occasion was the Capitalism: Not Our Future conference, hosted by Fightback. The conference came on the back of the growing development of the electoral alliance between the MANA Movement … Continue reading

GenZero @ 19Tory

GenZero is a youth organisation campaign for climate change solutions and greater political ambition to reduce emissions. Our policy team recently released a report, which showed how emissions are projected to keep increasing in NZ, despite calls from leaders from around the world for all countries to urgently reduce emissions. We’d been told that if … Continue reading

Shocking Pinks video shoot

Director Sasha Rainbow had this to say about the shoot for the new Shocking Pinks video: “I wanted to play with the juxtaposition between the almost ghost-like presence of the character, who could be from any era, with the imagery and colours of the letters, which are in Japanese because Japan screams modernity (in so … Continue reading

Open Meeting to get involved in People’s Cinema mk. II

People’s Cinema – Wellington began as a month long experiment in April 2013. A year later, People’s Cinema is still in existence and bringing in a bunch of new people to reinvigorate the project. This meeting is an open meeting for anyone who would like to be part of building and developing a collaborative and … Continue reading

Lawrence & Gibson double book launch

On March 5th, Lawrence & Gibson, a local publishing collective launched two new books at 19 Tory St: Thomasin Sleigh’s debut novel Ad Lib and Richard Meros’ long-coming new book Dating Westerners: tips for the New Rich of the Developing World. The crowd of a hundred braved the autumnal gloom to listen to Thomasin read … Continue reading

Urban Dream Brokerage

The Urban Dream Brokerage has operated out of 19 Tory St for 12 months while running its pilot for Wellington City Council. See the projects here: urbandreambrokerage.org.nz

JAAM Publishing Collective Book Launch

The JAAM Publishing Collective came out to play for the first time in a long time at the launch of JAAM 31 on Friday 15 November at 19 Tory. We hadn’t had a big public launch for JAAM – which has published a selection of poetry and prose each year for the past 18 years … Continue reading

Jayn Verkerk – Message Threads: Nov 29 – Dec 1

Exploring interpersonal communication through smart phones as part of a media masters study by Jayn Verkerk at Victoria University, School of Design. The work contrasts the fleeting, digital form of text messages with crafted, tactile, physical objects. In a form of communication without physical cues what meaning can be found between the lines? Open 4-8pm … Continue reading

Book release: Freerange Journal – Vol. 7: The Commons

On a rainy night in early November Freerange Journal – Vol. 7: The Commons was launched at 19 Tory Street in Wellington. There was discussion of the theme, reflection on particular articles, speeches and Drinks (including a Kava Session). This edition of Freerange Journal explores the issue of The Commons from many different angles, perspectives, … Continue reading

Pedalling for Papua

Jeremy is Pedalling for Papua: a one-man multimedia performer whose aim is to transform West Papua into a household topic, one town at a time. 19 Tory was one of Jeremy’s last stops in an 12,000-kilometre international cycling and performance tour. On Wednesday 16th October an Wellington audience of fifty listened and watched Jeremy’s hip-hop … Continue reading

Book launch: You Should Have Come Here When You Were Not Here

On Friday October 4, Lawrence & Gibson released Brannavan Gnanalingam’s second novel, You Should Have Come Here When You Were Not Here at 19 Tory St. The evening began with Timothy Blackman and band performing songs from his new EP before Murdoch Stephens, an editor at Lawrence & Gibson introduced Brannavan. Brannavan gave a brief … Continue reading

In The See Here micro-gallery this month

5 new pieces will be displayed in The See Here micro-gallery at 19 Tory St this month. Find out more here.

Company of Giants: wrap-up

we had an amazing week in the space. we are working on turning our huge, rambling, theatre production of Homer’s Odyssey, which, we have previously only performed with casts of around 25, into a story told by five people. five actors not necessarily on a stage, an audience not necessarily in seats, and a line … Continue reading

ShoeString Theatre Challenge 2013

The ShoeString Theatre Challenge 2013 went fantastically well. Audience and participants had a great time, performance works were created and developed, and participants were able to experiment with different techniques, roles, and mediums. The Challenge is to produce a 10-15 minute performance piece, in a month, with only $20, and then show them off at … Continue reading

Decolonising Narrative: Voice, Solidarity and Social Media

“Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” Opening with a proverb cited by late Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, international guest speaker Yousef Aljamal brought his firsthand account of life in a Gazaan refugee camp to 19 Tory this Thursday. The evening, which was organised by … Continue reading

Poetry in Motion: Ken Arkind/Carrie Rudzinski poetry workshop

Local performance poetry group Poetry in Motion recently hosted two of America’s heavyweights in slam poetry to deliver a writing workshop at 19 Tory Street. Ken Arkind and Carrie Rudzinski have over 15 years experience between them in the spoken word community in the US, and have performed and delivered workshops all over the world. … Continue reading

Georgette Brown – Flower Bed

Flower Bed is a collection of drawings, paintings, and books i have made mostly over the last six months. I have called it this because my process is similar to making a garden. I sew the seeds of variety at various times, sometimes i have more of an idea what each seed will grow into, … Continue reading

Walkatjurra Walkabout

On 7th February, Lucy and I used the space at 19 Tory Street from about 7pm-8:30pm for a talk about the Walkatjurra Walkabout, a non violent direct action in the form of a walk against uranium mining and for Aboriginal sovereignty. Lucy and I gave a talk and used a projector borrowed from 128 to … Continue reading

FANG x GRIM exhibition

BLURB (written by Hayden): On 12 April myself Grimoire and my good friend Fang came together for a joint exhibition after years of being friends and a good few months of planning. The show went really well with a lot of support from our friends, families and other artists in the Wellington community including our … Continue reading

David Merritt Poetry Experience

David Merritt returned to 19 Tory St on Sunday 14 April for three hours of what can best be described as an ‘experience’, or in David’s own words: “I bought along some boxes containing 50 single A3 poemettes made out of good old seasoned banana box cardboard and readers digest condensed books, a few copies … Continue reading

Reading: Alan Badiou’s ‘The Incident at Antioch’

Monday nights in April a group was bought together to read aloud a play about a girl called Paula, set in a time of revolution. Paula tries to invent a politics that stays true to emancipatory desire but avoids becoming entranced by power; a politics that is not fixated with taking power, but with making … Continue reading

Oil Free Wellington

Oil Free Wellington hosted a night of painting, socialising and the launch of their campaign against Anadarko’s proposed oil exploration off the coast of Wellington. 200 signs painted to go out to Wellingtonians to display on their fences around the region for their Day of Action April 20th, 2013.

Self-Organising Communities

Self-Organising Communities: The role of technology in disaster response and community preparedness Scientists, academics, entrepreneurs, anarchists, and public servants are coming together in Wellington for an evening of quick-fire presentations exploring how technology is changing the way communities organise themselves and respond to disasters, at the 19 Tory Street Community Gallery at 5pm on Thursday … Continue reading


12 months ago, the use of 19 Tory St was granted to the Concerned Citizens community to set up the Open-Source Community Gallery we all know and love. In that time, the space has hosted more than two hundred events, all initiated by self-organising people in the community. All of these events have involved the … Continue reading


Vampimple, a play written and performed by Alice May Connolly as part of the NZ Fringe Festival in Wellington, was not only staged in 19 Tory St, but also set there. 19 Tory was treated as a ‘found space’ for the nights of performances, which created an intimate and unique theatrical experience for the audience. … Continue reading