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Vacant spaces initiative

Appealing and attractive properties are fundamental for a vibrant, successful retail environment. To support this, Heart of the City is working with property owners and managers on creative installations for vacant spaces, bringing life and colour to the city centre street environment.

Find out more

If you're a property owner with a vacant retail tenancy with window frontage, and would like to know more about how we can support, click here to download an information sheet. 

Window installations in the heart of Auckland city

Thanks to Auckland Council and the city centre targeted rate for supporting these window installations.

Elliott Street.

The Civic

Queen Street installation. Art by Charlie Ratahi Mcfarland. Photo supplied by HOTC

Artist Harris Keenan with his design at 3 Darby Street. Installation with thanks to Colliers and CBRE. Photo: Connor Lambert

2 - 5 High Street window installation, words by Sarah Kolver, illustrations by Orlando Clairmont. Image: Orlando Clairmont

Lighting by Angus Muir Design. Image: Angus Muir Design

Blackett's Building window display. Image: Heart of the City

Customs Street window installation featuring Queens Arcade retailer Frontline Designer Clothes Store. Image: Heart of the City.

Lit Mountain - Angus Muir, Corner of Fort and Commerce Streets.

Angus Muir - High Street

Arcadia - Part of Art in the City

Arcadia - part of Art in the City was a collaboration between us, Queens Arcade and Artfull. Together, we worked to transform six vacant spaces into temporary art galleries that showcased 16 local artists for ten days. Hear what those involved have to say about Arcadia here. 

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