Alliance Française Palmerston North is a well-known French language and cultural organisation situated on the first floor of the Square Edge Arts Centre.

Alliance Française offers and supports continued learning both in and out of the classroom.

  • French courses: We teach French to students of all ages and levels with different varieties of classes (group classes, private classes, school holiday programmes, workshops, private classes, teen conversation classes, etc).

The Alliance Française makes learning French convenient by offering daytime, evening and weekend classes. All classes are taught by experienced native French-speaking teachers. Assistance, such as literacy, numeracy and English classes, are provided to refugees and migrants.

  • Cultural events: Currently, Alliance Française offers a range of community and cultural events to its members, as well as to the general public. Events throughout the year include: lectures, art exhibitions, film screenings, concerts, wine tastings and traditional celebrations. To facilitate a wide participation, English is spoken at all events!

  • French community library: Supplementary resources are also available, as the Alliance Française is home to over 2,000 books, films and audio materials to help in the learning process both linguistically and culturally.

  • School teacher support and DELF/DALF diplomas: Alliance Française supports teachers in schools and is a certified examination centre for official French proficiency diplomas.


art of framing

Art of Framing is located on the Ground Floor in Square Edge Arts Centre.  Open Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 5pm or by appointment.  Keith at 'Art of Framing' is a internationally qualified picture framer specialising in custom picture framing.  Whether it’s a treasured heirloom, a valued work of art or your child’s first finger painting, you can trust Keith to frame it.   



Bernadette Peters Photography is located in Studio 115 on the 1st floor.  Opened by appointment only, however you will often find her working on post production in the shop she shares with her husband Keith from ‘Art of Framing’.  Bernadette specialises in portrait and commercial photography with 20 years experience in the industry



Cafe Royale is in the Square Edge Arts Centre, Palmerston North. We make delicious food from scratch using fresh local and organic ingredients. We have plenty of vegan and vegetarian dishes, mighty breakfasts, and tasty cakes. We make all our own breads and baked goods. We source quality local, organic and ethically traded ingredients and we cook from scratch. We even import and roast our own coffee beans in a vintage Whitmee flame roaster.

We’re open seven days and Thursday - Saturday evenings. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for specials and events, like Thursday pizza nights, live music and quiz nights.



Creative Journeys is a special place formed by the enthusiasm and passion of its founders. We are the only independent arts based group in our region. Our vision is to provide art-based meaningful day programs for our community members who are often excluded from the conventional “norms “of day time activity. Our vision is for a fully inclusive society. 

People who seek our services include: those affected by intellectual disability; persons coping with mentally challenging conditions; and often those facing personal changes after accidents.


Originally from Wanganui, Cheleigh earned a Certificate of Art and Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Distinction at Wanganui Quay school of the arts/Ucol.

Cheleigh is now based in Palmerston North, where she runs workshops in the community encouraging young people to get creative.

As well as working in the community, Cheleigh is currently studying Arts Therapy at the Whitecliffe College of Art and Design.

Cheleigh is a multidisciplinary artist who works predominantly in painting and sculpture. She is always working toward an exhibition or organising one.

Much of Cheleigh's artwork focuses on colour, pattern and storytelling- with every piece of her art usually containing a piece of her world, life experiences, or things that she sees.

Cheleigh offers commissions, art workshops for all ages, illustrations, kids art parties, murals and private tutoring.



Tuesday - Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm

The trust accepts donated bikes from the community. These are either repaired or stripped for their parts. Bikes are either donated or on sold back to the community. The trust also undertakes bike repairs and manages a fleet of hire bikes.

We are located in the Stables Courtyard. Behind the Square Edge Community Art Centre main building.

Contact 06 560 2150



ATCL (singing), AMusTCL, BCG (Hons.)

Steph's music studio is ideally located in the CBD of Palmerston North at Square Edge - a setting that is safe, supportive and provides students with opportunities to perform in their local community e.g. concerts at Cafe Royale, live entertainment at Square Edge markets and events.

Students of all ages and levels of experience are welcome, whether they are singing/playing for recreation or have specific goals. Steph is happy to provide expert advice and support for students wishing to sit exams in classical, musical theatre and contemporary musical genres of take part in regional competitions and audition for regional shows. This includes vocal, piano and keyboard tuition.

She also directs a local acapella choir for adults and runs a weekly music ‘theory club’, to share music history and knowledge in a fun, group, environment.

Contact Steph on 021 40 40 60 to make an enquiry about available music lesson sessions.


robyn laing

My name is Robyn Laing and I am a member of the Square Edge community of artists. I paint for pleasure, which means I never feel pressured to paint to a theme. What characterises my work is that every painting is a little different. I paint portraits, flowers and still life pictures. The portraits may be of people or animals or birds. I am in my studio Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10.30am and 3pm. My cellphone number is 021 267 8328.



Ochre Art supplies has been in operation for just over 10 years. Ochre Arts owners since 2016 are Rob and Feona Haakman. Both Rob and Feona are artists in their own right. Rob is a painter who uses linework reminiscent of Ronald Searle and Ralph Steadman combined with a textured colour aesthetic. He has been exhibiting since the early 1990s in NZ and Australia. Feona is an amateur photographer who started photography around 2010. She has submitted for a few exhibitions which has seen her work displayed in the USA. Both are committed to assisting local artists.

Ochre Arts offers an extensive range of art materials for the professional, student, teacher, hobbyist and educational institutions. We can supply quality products in a number of different mediums as well as fine art papers, quality easels, clays, books, art accessories and other specialist products at competitive prices. We offer a personal service that will help customers discover the right products for their needs. We not only service the Palmerston North community, We also cater to those further afar through a delivery service.


Have you ever wondered how to make bath bombs or soy candles ? Or perhaps you want to learn the basics of glass fusing, leadlighting or moasics? If so, Retro Rehab is for you. 

Whether you want to try something completely new or to build on existing skills, we have a creative craft workshop for you, and we’re adding new ones all the time.

Our tutors are experienced crafters who share their passion and expertise with you in our fun workshops. The workshops vary in length from a few hours to a whole day and include all materials. You'll take home everything you create, along with a set of notes, so you can try out your new skills at home.

Call 020 4041 6909 to make an enquiry.

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We provide regular Art Classes for children and adults as well as specialized Art Workshops, and occasional School Holiday Programmes. These are  held in a dedicated Art Room within the Square Edge Community Arts Building. All our tutors are well renowned artists with teaching experience.

We currently have two art groups running. 

Social Life Drawing meets Thursday mornings from 10 am to noon. This is a drop in untutored session meeting to draw from a life model. No need to book, $5 covers the cost of the model and morning tea.

Become a member of the Art Collective and you can use the shared Studio Space anytime during the day or evening. There is excellent lighting, storage space and kitchen area.



Speech and Drama, Drama School, Adults Classes, Musical Theatre, Public Speaking, Limitless Actors (for special needs adults)

Tall Poppies Drama School has been offering top quality drama and communication programmes since 2006.  Owned and managed by Carmen Wilson, the business developed a strong brand and following in the region.  All our tutors are industry professionals and are focused on providing a fun, energy filled learning environment for the students they teach.  Tutors are fully supported and supervised though a connected, school wide curriculum.  Working as a team on programme development, quality control and moderation we ensure that there is consistency across all our curriculum..  We are 100% committed to providing an extremely high standard of tuition that is focused on the individual. 


lisa WARD-ross

Lisa is a sculptor and potter who finds making art a meditative experience.  She predominantly works in clay or bronze.  Her work tends to be figurative and symbolic.