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

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

Back to Back at New Zealand Festival

15 February 2016
An actor talks to a member of the public“My objective is to make a fantastic piece of art. We're not making work about disability. We're trying to make work about inability, about all our personal and collective sense of inability,” said Bruce Gladwin, Director of Geelong’s Back to Back Theatre talking to Kim Hill on RNZ’s Saturday Morning programme. Back to Back Theatre is bringing its critically acclaimed production Small Metal Objects to the New Zealand Festival in March 2016. Read more

Access to full experience of live performance

11 February 2016
Scene from Dead Dog in a Suitcase
Dance, theatre and music at the New Zealand Festival 2016, opening in Wellington on Friday 26 February, will become more accessible to patrons who often miss out on the full experience of live performance: for example, blind or partially sighted patrons who hear the dialogue but don't see the visual elements. An audio described performance of the musical satire, Dead Dog in a Suitcase on 29 February will fill in the missing parts. Read more

Scheme supports diverse arts projects

5 February 2016
Circability Trust celebrates Diversity WeekDance and theatre workshops for young people with learning disability, the creation of a mural with a professional graffiti artist for youth at risk, and audio description for blind people of a Shakespeare play are among the projects supported over the past year with funding though the Creative Communities Scheme. Every year, the scheme supports approximately 1800 community arts projects throughout New Zealand with $3.1 million of Creative New Zealand’s funding. Read more

Constructive tools for prisoners to make change

28 January 2016
Prisoners lay mosaics in the sundial garden in Puna Tatari, Spring Hill Corrections Facility“All my life, my hands have been doing destructive things. Now I can see that my hands have helped to create something beautiful,” a prisoner said when the sundial garden in the Special Treatment Unit at Spring Hill Corrections Facility was completed. He was one of eight men who had been working on the project once a week over four months in 2015. He was, says art tutor Ann Byford, very proud of what he and the other men had achieved. Read more



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