A collage of images from the video Connecting Through Music

CONNECTING THROUGH MUSIC: “What can we do that’s the easiest thing for us to all feel connected? Make some music together. So simple,” says community musician Julian Raphael in a video about Chamber Music New Zealand’s relaxed workshops and concerts for people with intellectual disability. Watch the video.

Applied theatre a tool for change at Arohata Prison

27 June 2016
Richard Benge, Arts Access Aotearoa, Teresa Knowles, Senior Counsellor, and Anita Grafton, Clinical Manager of the CareNZ Drug Treatment Unit“Theatre engages the heart and the mind. It’s a hyperlink to change,” said Richard Benge, Executive Director, Arts Access Aotearoa, at the graduation of six women from the intensive, therapeutic programme in the Drug Treatment Unit at Arohata Prison in Wellington. Richard, who was the keynote speaker at last week’s graduation ceremony, congratulated the women on what they had achieved. Read more

Bilingual theatre tours to Christchurch

24 June 2016
Alex Lodge and Kelly Quirke in Here At The End Of My Hands Photo: Michael SmithAward-winning theatre company Equal Voices Arts will perform its bilingual collection of stories for Deaf and hearing audiences, At The End Of My Hands, in Christchurch’s Isaac Theatre Royal on 9 and 10 July. This physically bold piece of original theatre explores stories about Deaf culture, communication and the unique history of Sign Language in New Zealand. Read more

IHC Art Award winners radiate magic

17 June 2016
IHC Art Award winners Karin Clayden, Jo-Anne Tapiki and Becky DonovanAn intricate embroidered cushion by Wellington artist Jo-Anne Tapiki has won the 2016 IHC Art Awards and $5000. Second prize of $2000 went to Dunedin artist Becky Donovan and third prize of $1000 was won by Karin Clayden, who works from Alpha Art Studio in Wellington. For the first time the top three prizes went to an all-female line-up of artists. Read more

Ralph Hotere rug returns to Christchurch

Dilana rug (detail) designed by artist Ralph Hotere17 June 2016
A rug designed by New Zealand artist Ralph Hotere and based on his painting Empty of Shadows was recently sold for $8000 by Auckland auction house Art + Object on behalf of Arts Access Aotearoa. When Lotto New Zealand closed its Wellington office in 2014, it gifted the wool rug (200 x 200cm) to Arts Access Aotearoa as a fundraising opportunity. Read more

A creative space for prisoners on release

26 May 2016
Delegates at Creative Spaces 2020 mark their place on a map“People coming out of a prison can be institutionalised and feel isolated. Joining community groups to paint, write or perform can be empowering and provide a sense of whānau and collectiveness.” Jacqui Moyes, Art in Corrections Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa, says creative spaces have the structure and can provide professional tuition in a safe, inclusive space for prisoners on release.Read more 

The road to teaching creative writing in prisons

25 May 2016
William Brandt and Pip Adam teach creative writing in Arohata PrisonFor a prison inmate, creative writing offers a number of possible benefits, says writer and teacher William Brandt. These range from a constructive way to pass time to new skills and increased employability, personal growth and insight. Creative writing also has the potential to become a life-long practice, carried back into the community after release. All you need is a pen, some paper and a desire to engage in the writing process. Read more 


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