Venues & Art Spaces




Square Edge has been the focus of artistic talent in Palmerston North for over 25years. It is conveniently located in the southern corner of the Square, next to All Saints and the Manawatu Standard.

The building was previously Palmerston North City Council chambers and it has retained much of its 1945 style, with polished wooden floors, ornate ceilings and an art deco facade.

Square Edge is home to a number of artists' studios, shops, art galleries and perfomance/rehearsal spaces.

The Galleries exhibit the work of emerging local artists.The two galleries operated by Community Arts are located on the ground floor, adjacent to shops, a dealer gallery, a UCOL furniture showroom and a Cafe.

Exhibitions change frequently and works are often for sale.

Performance and Rehearsal Spaces 

 Evelyn Rawlins Room

The Evelyn Rawlins Room was named in memory of a 1925 foundation member of the Palmerston North Music Club.It is located on the first floor of Square Edge.The Room has retained some of it's former character as the Palmerston North City Council chambers with ornate ceilings, decorative panels and chandeliers.

It is available for classes, performances and meetings and can hold up to 100 people.The Grotrian grand piano, owned by local concert group Musica Viva, can be hired.Rehearsal cost of using piano is $22 per hour. Kitchen facilities are available.


The Evelyn Rawlins Room may be hired either casually or longer term. The rate is $15 per hour including GST.



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Fx2 (Effects Squared)


 fx2 is designed to showcase the work of local artists, using advanced technology.This small theatre is equipped with the highest specification screen and sound system. The ambience is best described as atmospheric and intimate.

fx2 may be used by filmakers, playwrights, poets and digital artists or for recitals, seminars and other small events. It has a small stage, stage lighting and internet connection and can seat up to 36. Technical specifications are available on request.

Room only: $15 per hour
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Full theatre hire: $35 per hour
Commercial Groups and Organisations
Full theatre hire: $87 per hour                                                              

Dance Studio

Our courtyard Dance Studio accomodates up to 80 people and like the Evelyn Rawlins room, can be hired casually or long term.

It is popular because it has wooden floors and a recently installed sound system.

The basic rate for the Dance Studio is $15 per hour including GST.

Studio Space

 Square Edge has a number of studio spaces available for hire.Studios are spread throughout the main building's first and second floors and into the historic Courtyard. Each floor has kitchen facilities. Prices vary depending on size and location. We have very flexible leasing arrangements to suit your needs.

An Art Room is also available for either casual or regular hire on an hourly basis at a very reasonable price.It is equipped with trestles and easels and suits small groups of 10 or less. Large groups may be accommodated elsewhere depending on room availibility.

Contact the Square Edge Building Manager for further details on 06-3577542

Casual Room & Venue Hire

The ground floor of Square Edge has gallery spaces that are available for hire, either for exhibitions (see 'Exhitions') or for select functions. They are open spaces in art deco style, with polished wooden floors.

More information, including prices, can be obtained by contacting Sue Owen on 06 3532800 or












Background art by Robert Emery