A collage of images of from Creative Spaces 2020 Photos: Eliecer Reverol

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: A national conference, Creative Spaces 2020: building a strong future sector, was held at CQ Hotels Wellington from Tuesday evening 26 April to Thursday 28 April. Organised by Arts Access Aotearoa and supported by Creative New Zealand, the conference was a chance for the sector to meet, share challenges and find answers, and look to the future. See the photos here and read more

New Zealand’s first Music Therapy Week

16 May 2016
Julian Raphael performs to students at Mahinawa Specialist School
The healing qualities of music have been recognised in popular culture for centuries and now, the life-changing impact of music therapy is set to be celebrated in New Zealand’s first Music Therapy Week from 21 to 29 May. Coinciding with Music Therapy Week, Arts Access Aotearoa's new video about a relaxed performance project between Chamber Music New Zealand, Julian Raphael, Trio Amistad and Mahinawa Specialist School will be available. Read more

Sense Art tours provide access to exhibitions

10 May 2016
The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth is presenting a Sense Art/Art Access tour of its latest exhibition, Emanations, on Thursday 12 May. Supported by Deaf Aotearoa during New Zealand Sign Language Week (9–15 May), the tour includes sign interpretation, touch and audio description. Read more

Journey from paralysis to performer

2 May 2016
A still from the short film FlippedTouch Compass Dance Company’s latest short film in its DanceBox series, Flipped: My Body Stopped To Let Me Remember, is a five-minute glimpse into dancer Renee Ball’s journey from paralysis to performer. Six years ago, Renee Ball’s life was flipped on its head. Midway through a Bachelor of Dance Studies, the 19-year-old contracted Guillain-Barré Syndrome and within a few days she was paralysed. Read more

Aotearoa shows its love of dance

22 April 2016
Musician Pati Umaga A nationwide dance video, For the Love of Dance in Aotearoa, features music composed by Wellington musician and disability advocate Pati Umaga. The video, presented by DANZ, will be launched at noon on International Dance Day on 29 April. The video project was pitched to groups and individuals in New Zealand’s dance community. Its aim was to get lovers of dance together to come up with a piece of choreography and film it in a space significant to New Zealand or their town.Read more

Space Suite launches conference

18 April 2016
Rohana Weaver, Alpha Art Studio, organiser of the Space Suite exhibition
An exhibition showcasing the work of creative space artists throughout New Zealand will open on 26 April at Alpha Gallery, launching Arts Access Aotearoa's two-day national conference in Wellington for creative spaces. Rohana Weaver, Arts Facilitator and Community Support Worker at Alpha Art Studio, is organising Space Suite: Art from Creative Spaces across Aotearoa. It includes two pieces of artwork from each of 15 creative spaces from Dunedin through to Auckland.Read more

Owning up: the freedom effect

15 April 2016
Inside Creative Growth Center“Over March/April, I was fortunate to attend a professional development programme in the United States,” writes Richard Benge in an article about the experience. “Two organisations I visited have been on my list to visit and learn from for a long time. The Creative Growth Center is a large contemporary arts centre in Oakland (over the Bay from San Francisco) where up to 60 artists attend and work on their art projects. I immediately felt at home because all the elements of leading New Zealand creative spaces were evident ... " Read more

Building a new disability strategy for New Zealand

14 April 2016
Minister Nicky WagnerDisability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner is encouraging New Zealanders to have their say on issues that affect disabled people as public consultation on building a new disability strategy begins. The new disability strategy will establish a clear direction for the government over the next ten years, providing a framework to help make informed decisions on issues that impact disabled people.Read more

Prisoners’ art at Mairangi Arts Centre

12 April 2016
Karen Webster, Arts Access Aotearoa trustee and Beth Hill, Northland Region Corrections FacilityMore than 70 artworks created by Northland Region Corrections Facility prisoners are on display in InsideOut 7, an exhibition at Mairangi Arts Centre in Auckland until Sunday, 8 May 2016. All the works were produced through the Art in Prisons programme and include paintings and Māori carvings produced in the facility’s whakairo workshop.Read more

Celebrating 25 years of children’s theatre 

8 April 2016
Tim Bray welcomes children from the Kelston Deaf Education CentreAuckland’s Tim Bray Productions is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary of making children's theatre by bringing back some of its favourite shows in 2016 – all of which will include sign interpreted and audio described performances. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch opens on Monday 11 April just in time for the school holidays.Read more

SkillWise performers wear many hats

4 March 2016
Many Hats Company in rehearsalPerformance techniques in poetry, puppetry, drama, improvisation and verbatim theatre are among the skills that performers in Christchurch’s Many Hats Theatre Company develop. Since 2013, Many Hats Theatre Company has included disabled performers, who rehearse every Friday morning at SkillWise with tutor Paul McCaffrey and other professional actors, musicians and theatre technicians.Read more



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