Please feel free to contact us with any requests or queries.
Cloud Workshop was established in 2008 by two artists & teachers Deborah Smith & Melissa Anderson Scott.
Deborah has been a photographer since 1985 a teacher since 1992. She has taught mostly at St Cuthberts College and Unitec, and has an ongoing working relationship with them. She has run numerous workshops for adults and children. Her work is shown at major galleries throughout New Zealand. Her father died aged 42, when Deb was 18 and her siblings were 17, 14 and 11. She has been very interested in finding ways to support bereaved children.
P: (09) 309 3029 M: 021 279 0200
In association with
Mercy Hospice, Auckland
Sunday 24th March, 2024
The Arts Centre, Chch
Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland 2024
Sun 11th February
12th May (Mother’s Day)
Sun 28th July
Sun 1st September
Sun 8th December
Maker Workshop, The Arts Centre
Sun 24th March
Sun 18th August
Sun 10th November
Thank you for your submission.
We will send an email confirmation of your enrolment
in the above session closer to the date.
“For three and a half hours the children get to work on making their own contemporary art and, just maybe, feel the immersing and meditative power that being creative can offer, its moments of release from a yawning loss.”
By Eloise Callister-Baker,
from her article on The Pantograph Punch.
Sessions are either for bereaved children or for children with a life threatening illness affecting a family member.
Sessions usually run on Sunday afternoons for children 5 to 18 years of age. We also run classes for teenagers by request. The workshops are three and a half hours long, with a break for food and drink (and running and jumping). Sessions are free of charge but bookings required.
Cloud Workshop is a safe environment for children where they can engage with a thoughtfully designed project.
It’s often difficult for children to acknowledge or discuss grief. Experiencing it can be a desperately lonely and isolating experience for them. Cloud Workshop seeks to provide a place where art can be a medium for them to reflect on their situation in a creative and supportive environment. Cloud is an art-based programme, and many children find great comfort in just being alongside others in their situation while creating wonderful works of art. We offer some creative activities that enable time and space to acknowledge or circumvent their situation if they choose to.