The Draft Prospectus – Renaissance Workshops School and Folk Factory

This is it – draft but enough – calling all mad creators and high idealists, seekers of metaphysical meaning, and art, love and beauty!

About Fifty years after I painted Fireworks over the New University, I’m starting Renaissance Workshops – a kind of University…

Here’s the PDF:

The new card for Renaissance Workshops…

A 2020 vision for Dreamspace – Buy the building, start a school and ‘Renaissance workshops’

In, I posted how we need to buy the property to secure it for the future…

Well… what a long gestation! We must be giving birth to an elephant here at Dreamspace…

While I have been feeling my way into the Dreamspace and its establishment in seemingly chaotic fits and starts, I have been blessed with a few good friends, all of them informal, some casual, some giving a lot of things to the workshop – lathes, tools, timber, bits and pieces, food, beer, and friendship.

But late last year a developer came looking for the owner (not me, alas!). This shook me up – I realized how much setup we’ve done in three years and how much it would cost to do it all over again, even if I had the heart to try!

So now we are on a mission to buy the building, to make it secure for all, including the participants in a planned School and folk factory I’m calling Renaissance Workshops.

So I have started asking all friends and relatives of this dream to consider signing up to rent a space under the Lifegym plan. A desk/workbench plus shelves is going for $25 a week – this includes all the shared facilities and tools and equipment in the whole of Dreamspace as well; and $50-75 a week for a lockable room, or some other arrangement to be negotiated. Rental contracts we will be able to get a mortgage to own the property and save it from developers who would demolish our beautiful old lady and (no doubt) put up soulless units in her place! And the Dream would be scattered.

So… do you want to be part of the Dreamspace experience and help save it for posterity? I am now 65 and must think about the future when I can’t be here….

As at today, 29-1-20, we have three good people who have agreed to sign up – we need at least three more. Space is of course limited, so if you have an idea of what you could do at Dreamspace, message or ring me now. It could be for arts, crafts, woodwork, metalwork, concrete, bookbinding, etching, or whatever hobby or small business you are passionate about and need space, tools, inspiration and synergy to take to the next level…’

So… email me at or text/phone 0223326568

Great things are afoot! Elephants? 🙂

Starting a co-op gallery- New Leaf

It’s happening – nga tipu gallery in town is closing and the artists are invited to move their works to dreamspace, where we plan to start a co-op gallery called  New Leaf Gallery.

Today was my last day on the roster at nga tipu. .  Note the draft logo for New leaf. We will start setting up (and  preparing for the opening night) next week.



Life, the Universe and Everything – a group

Well there are many other seemingly more pressing things to do, but thinking about your life, the Universe and Everything actually can change EVERYTHING 🙂 I’d love to see you a these meetings I hope to keep holding here at Dreamspace on Thursday evenings 7 pm…

Here’s the text of the ad:

– Metaphysics/philosophy discussion group starting Thursday around 7pm at Dreamspace 61 Carnarvon St Gisborne. All welcome at least once! For free! I’ll introduce our Round Table in the Dreamspace Library for creative discussion of ANY topic, and then share my journey through Western philosophy (I’ve been ‘certified’! – MA in philosophy Auckland 1995) – and a bit of Eastern. Then I hope we can explore and have real ‘adventures of ideas’ together.

I put the Eastland Trader link on my Facebook too. Please share if you think it’s cool! Even if you don’t live in Gisborne… who knows, we could livestream it…?

The library and round table

The first meeting in the round room went quite well, with nine of us around the table discussing Coming out as creators…or at least beginning to… mostly we introduced ourselves and told each other a bit about our dreams… I want to find out more about the history of the Arts and crafts movement in gisborne. .. I was told about the Moahunters Collective in particular… So Monday and back to producing some things for sale… not always easy for a green phase man! Here’s some pictures of the library room …

The new face of Dreamspace – Wizard Workshops

This is the business card, fun to design a new one, building on old ones like my ‘Wizard of Eutopia’ card. So, the main thing we do here now is make things in the Arts & Crafts Renaissance spirit, and hold workshops, or ‘apprentishops’, for others to learn how to make them, and become (some of them) Masters in one or more of the multiple skills fostered here…

Wizard Workshops business card AA 21 02 19

 And the First workshop is as described below in the flyer:

Wizard Workshops First FREE workshop/talk/korero  At the new Round Table, Dreamspace, 61 Carnarvon St, Saturday 23rd February 7PM  :

On Coming Out as a Creator and even making money in the coming Arts & Crafts Renaissance.

Led by Peter Harris of Dreamspace Gallery, builder of Cafe Eutopia in Northland, who has been coming out, or trying to, as an artist, craftsman, visionary and writer for the last 20 years, with many learnings, fears, failures, and scattered triumphs along the way.

Before that he started, ran into the ground, resurrected and finally sold a frame manufacturing and wholesaling business and got an MA in philosophy.

He now wants to share the agony and ecstasy of the art-business-life balancing act, and a new way forward with kindred spirits here in Gisborne as he offers a workshop space for dreaming, discussing, creating and making, at the ‘everything workshop’ of Dreamspace, 61 Carnarvon St.

At Dreamspace there is a Round Table in a round Library room for the discussion and brainstorming workshops, and many ‘playstations’ for renaissance-level creations, including: printmaking, bookbinding, blacksmithing, coin striking, painting, casting cement and plaster, mouldmaking, jewellery making in pewter, stone carving, woodcarving, woodturning, joinery, ferrocement building and sculpting, glass work, stained glass, framing and board mounting of artworks, writing, meditating, recording, conferencing and brainstorming.Phone/text Peter 022 332 6568 email