A collage of images of performance artist Rodney Bell

DANCING HIS MEMORIES:This story is about dreams and a long journey of self-discovery. It’s the story of a wheelchair user dancing memories from his life while challenging both his own body and his audience’s perceptions. Rodney Bell's new work, Meremere, is on in Auckland on 14 and 16 October. Both performances will be sign interpreted with and audio described performance on 16 October. Read more

Tales from the Amy Street short films

23 September 2016
A still from Topsy and DaveA collection of eight short films called Amy Street opens a window into the lives of nine residents of The Supported Life Style Hauraki Trust, and their heart-warming stories. Topsy and Dave, a story about two of the residents getting married, will screen in the “Highlights” and “Heartstrings” sessions of the Show Me Shorts Film Festival screening around New Zealand from 1 October. Read more

Overview of New Zealand arts and disability

9 September 2016
Rodney_Bell1_smPerformance artist Rodney Bell and Claire Noble, Community Development Co-ordinator at Arts Access Aotearoa, will present an overview of arts, inclusion and disability in New Zealand at the Arts Activated Conference in Sydney on 20 and 21 September.  Entitled In Aotearoa: Access, Artists and Cultural Diversity, the presentation will highlight successful collaborations and accessibility initiatives from Arts Access Aotearoa’s perspective.  Rodney will share his international performance experience and insights into creating his new work. Read more

Recognition beyond words

9 September 2016
Susan Te Kahurangi King untitled (detail), 1965 Photo: Andrew Edlin GalleryThe undoubted hit of the 2014 New York Outsider Art Fair in 2014, according to Roberta Smith of the New York Times, were drawings by Susan Te Kahurangi King of Auckland. A book of monographs of her work will be launched at the New York Art Book Fair this month in time for her third New York show at the Andrew Edlin Gallery. And yet Susan King is still relatively unknown in New Zealand. She has never been to art school, and yet she is destined to become one of the most significant New Zealand artists ever. Read more

Art reaches out to Cannons Creek

1 September 2016
Maddy Marshall, Jonah Davis and Blaine Bethan-Taape in front of the mural they helped createPride, confidence, team work, focus and escape are some of the benefits three Porirua students describe when asked about the weekly art sessions run by Chris Barrand, an artist and art tutor at Pablos Art Studios in Wellington. Maddy Marshall, 15, Jonah Davis, 16 and Blaine Bethan-Taape, 14, attend the Porirua Alternative School in Cannons Creek. Paintings and stencil art add colour to the school walls while murals painted on concrete walls brighten the outdoor environment. Read more

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



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