A collage of images from the Arts Access Awards 2016

ARTS ACCESS APPLAUSE: This year's Arts Access Awards highlighted the tenth anniversary since New Zealand Sign Language became New Zealand's third official language. Held in the Banquet Hall of Parliament on 10 August, the awards celebrated individuals, community groups and organisations who provide opportunities for people to engage in the arts. It also celebrated the outstanding achievements of a disabled artist and presented the inaugural Arts Access Media Award. Read more about the recipients and download Neil Mackenzie's award photos.

Everybody welcome in this little town

23 August 2016
Nick Smith rehearses in No Post on SundayThere was a time where everybody knew each other in the neighbourhood and the post office was the hub of town. This is the idea behind No Post on Sunday, the new show by Everybody Cool Lives Here opening on 27 August at Circa Theatre in Wellington. Directed by Isobel MacKinnon (Best Director, 2015 NZ Fringe Festival), No Post on Sunday is a collaborative work by emerging artists, three of whom have learning disabilities. Read more

Celebrating artistic contributions

11 August 2016
David Cameron presented the Arts Access Artistic Achievement Award 2016 by Darcy NicholasAn artist who spent 12 years decorating the whare Te Poho o Hiraina in Gisborne, a community circus in central Auckland, partnerships providing artistic opportunities for Deaf and disabled people, and leadership in delivering arts programmes in prisons were recognised last night at the Arts Access Awards 2016, presented at Parliament by Arts Access Aotearoa. The Arts Access Awards 2016 were hosted by Hon Maggie Barry, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage. Read more

Shared vision of the arts in Northland 

11 August 2016
Ray Smith, CEO, Department of Corrections, Simon Tanner and Beth Hill, NRCFRedemption comes in many shapes, colours and sounds at Northland Region Corrections Facility, a leader in the development of arts and cultural programmes to support the rehabilitation of prisoners and their re-integration back into the community on release. Recipient of the Arts Access Corrections Leadership Award 2016, its shared vision across the prison is to support prisoners on a well-structured pathway; reduce re-offending; be mindful of victims of crime; and use creativity in its many forms to achieve these goals with dignity and integrity. Read more

A world beyond words

11 August 2016
Olivier Lacoua, CQ Hotels Wellington, presents the award to Laura Haughey, Equal Voices Arts, and Kayte Shaw, Deaf AotearoaA bilingual theatre work for Deaf and hearing audiences, At the End of My Hands, show us what’s possible when we move beyond the spoken word and use our bodies to tell a story. The performance, which has toured New Zealand to sell-out audiences, is the result of a partnership that was recognised when the partners received the Arts Access CQ Hotels Wellington Community Partnership Award 2016. Read more

Creative Spaces Capsule Project orbits New Zealand

11 August 2016
Exhibition in Artsenta's street front window
A cumulative and interactive exhibition, launched in Invercargill last month and aiming to connect creative spaces around New Zealand will be landing at Pablos Art Studios in Wellington at the end of August.Currently at Studio2 /Margaret Freeman Gallery in Dunedin, the exhibition is displaying artwork from artists who work from four creative spaces in the South Island. Read more

Keeping the art fires burning

9 August 2016
Deidre Dahlberg with artist Rosemarie Bowers
Deidre Dahlberg, the new director of Pablo Art Studios in Wellington, is sure she won’t relax until Christmas. Her head is buzzing with ideas and the annual Pablos Art Auction. Deidre, who started at Pablos Art Studios in May 2016, says: “It’s my dream job. I knew it the first time I visited. I loved the artwork, the place, everything that was happening here.” Read more

Blind musician to perform in trio at Arts Access Awards 2016

2 August 2016
Renee Patete and harpsichordist Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques during a touch tourRenee Patete, a year 12 student at Wellington Girls College, will perform with fellow students in the trio Roger That at the Arts Access Awards 2016 in Parliament on Wednesday 10 August. Renee, who is blind, is the trio’s flautist. Roger That, with violinists Jemimah Long and Sophie Heitland, competed in Chamber Music New Zealand’s NZCT Chamber Music Contest 2016, where they played Trio For Flute and Two Violins, composed by Roger Zare. Read more



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