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The Museo del Prado, inviting blind and vision impaired visitors to touch relief replicas of six collection masterpieces

ACCESS TO THE MASTERPIECES: Thanks to new technologies, Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain has started to address the problem of access to art for blind and vision impaired visitors by inviting them to touch relief replicas of six collection masterpieces. Read about other international examples of access to the arts.

White Room artist in Outside In exhibition

16 February 2015
Benjamin Morris, an artist who works from the White Room creative space in Christchurch, is one of 60 artists featuring work in an exhibition at Canterbury Museum until 22 February. An actor and visual artist, Benjamin is exhibiting his sculpture alongside artwork by students, prisoners, art tutors and local artists. Read more

Youth collaboration takes flight at Circa

9 February 2015
A show where young intellectually disabled Wellingtonians perform alongside professional theatre practitioners will open at Circa Theatre from 21to 28 February as part of the NZ Fringe Festival 2015. Called Wake up Tomorrow, the play has developed from last year’s production of the same name, and is set on a long-haul flight. Read more

Fundraisers for Vincents Art Workshop

3 February 2015
Two fundraising events – an exhibition and a garage sale – in Wellington this week are opportunities for people to support Vincents Art Workshop and also find some great bargains, says Glen McDonald, Co-ordinator of the oldest community art space in New Zealand. Read more

Arts community creates opportunities for prisoners

28 January 2015
A pilot project developed by Arts Access Aotearoa is connecting artistically talented prisoners with community art spaces and mentors, both pre and post release. Read more

Art without labels in Christchurch exhibition

27 January 2015
An exhibition at the Canterbury Museum in Christchurch, on until 22 February, features artworks from a broad spectrum of artists, including artists with intellectual disabilities, local practising artists and art tutors, prisoners, and art students. Read more

Workshop inspires creative writing at Arohata Prison

27 January 2015
A creative writing workshop, run by UK writer Michael Crowley and organised by Arts Access Aotearoa, inspired a pilot creative writing project for prisoners in Wellington’s Arohata Prison from July to November 2014. Read more

Music video to promote inclusion

22 December 2014
Wellington musician and disability advocate Pati Umaga is teaming up with Auckland’s PHAB Pasifika to make a music video celebrating dance for people of all abilities. Read more

Arts on stage in the Attitude Awards 2014

4 December 2014
Lyn Cotton, Artistic Director of Christchurch integrated company Jolt Dance, has won the Making A Difference Award in the Attitude Awards 2014, announced last night at a black-tie gala on World Disability Day at Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre. Read more  

Research on California's arts in corrections

26 November 2014
"Researching the online world of 'arts in corrections' in California, I realised that two prison art-related exhibitions were happening while I was there on annual leave," writes Jacqui Moyes, Prison Arts Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa. "Not only that, the California Arts Council had awarded seven contracts to organisations working in arts in corrections to the value of US$2.5 million." Read more

Rewards and challenges of teaching art in prison

26 November 2014
"The men appreciate anyone coming in and helping them and get a real sense of achievement when they complete what they’ve been working on,” says Central Otago artist Sally Jory, who joined Otago Corrections Facility as an art tutor in August 2013. She teaches two days a week with three classes a day. Read more







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