A collage of images of guests enjoying the Awesome Arts Access Auction 2016

AWESOME AUCTION: "That was the best fun I've had in ages," said one of the guests at Arts Access Aotearoa's fourth fundraising Awesome Arts Access Auction, held at CQ Hotels Wellington on Thursday 1 December. Thanks to everyone who supported it: the sponsors, the suppliers, auctioneer Peter Wedde, the volunteers, the people who came and the people who bought. See the photos on Flickr

Prisoners step forward in creative writing 

29 November 2016
Pip Adam presents a certificate to a participant in the creative writing course
One by one, the women step forward and read work they’ve written during a creative writing course at Arohata Prison, held over ten weeks and led by established writers and teachers Pip Adam and William Brandt. There are stories of mothers and aroha, rejection and addiction, children and choices, hope and the freedom some of the prisoners have found inside the Wellington prison.Read more about the creative writing course

Hawke’s Bay prisoners engage in creativity

29 November 2016
tape art workshop with the Youth Unit at Hawkes Bay Regional Prison
A conversation with two Corrections staff at the Arts Access Awards in August this year resulted in a fantastic opportunity for me to run tape art and macramé wall-hanging workshops with prisoners in the Hawkes Bay Regional Prison, writes artist and art tutor Ann Byford. "One of my aims in doing these two pilot projects was to gather information about the viability of running such activities: how popular would they be, what skills would the prisoners learn and could they be done with minimal budget?" Read more about the workshops at Hawkes Bay Regional Prison

Toi Ora writer launches first novel

24 November 2016
Cover of Juliet Jackson's novel, Dropping the MaskRefocusing her creative talents after losing her sight has paid off for artist and author Juliet Jackson, whose first novel, Dropping the Mask, was published by Toi Ora Live Art Trust and launched at the Outsider Art Fair in Auckland on 17 November. “It’s a great feeling to think that people will have the opportunity to read it,” Juliet says. Read more about Juliet Jackson

Prisoners’ quilt an auction highlight

10 November 2016
Between Quilt detailA quilt created by more than 16 prisoners in Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility will feature in Arts Access Aotearoa’s fundraising Awesome Arts Access Auction on Thursday 1 December in CQ Hotels Wellington. Called Between Quilt, it reflects the “between” that is prison life. The book that accompanies the quilt (140cm by 184cm) asks: “What is between? It’s an imaginary line connecting two points.”Read more about Between Quilt

Carmen’s story of hope and faith for Christchurch

10 November 2016
Work by Carmen BrownCarmen Brown’s story is one of colours, fine detail, strength and hope. The Christchurch artist will showcase her artwork at the New Zealand Outsider Art Fair, opening in Auckland on 17 November. Carmen is one of the regular artists at Ōtautahi Creative Spaces Trust’s Room 5 studio. “My artwork represents all of our community. It’s good it will be seen in Auckland because they can see what Christchurch is like.” Read more about Carmen Brown

Memoir takes reader inside Trish Harris

2 November 2016
Illustration by Sarah Laing of the "blue seat"The classrooms were upstairs with no lift access. Trish Harris, 11, sat in her specially designed canvas “blue seat” and was carried up the stairs by two of her classmates, one on either side of her. This is one of the many stories in Trish Harris’ memoir, The Walking Stick Tree, published this month by Escalator Press. She still has that blue seat with its straps, loops and belt, which helped her navigate her way around Viard College in Porirua in the 1970s. Read more about Trish Harris' memoir

Outsider Art Fair to take over Auckland city

1 November 2016
Artwork by Patrick Te ArikiMore days, artists, galleries and businesses are involved in the second New Zealand Outsider Art Fair, taking over Auckland’s CBD from 17 to 26 November and reaching further into the community. Retail, fashion, galleries and pop-up exhibitions will be linked via the ArtExplore art trail map (a mobile app) will help people navigate and connect to all the pop-up venues and participating galleries. Read more about the Outsider Art Fair 2016

Art a message of healing for Anita Mary

18 October 2016
Anita Mary signs copies of her bookAuckland artist and writer Anita Mary loves punk music and her life could be a lyric from a song by one of her favourite bands. Eighteen schools, violence, abuse, homelessness, confusion, depression, drugs and prostitution marked Anita Mary’s days for many years until she found God, the arts and a pathway to redemption. These are the subjects of Anita Mary’s first book Blood On The Mirror, a personal account of a troubled life but also of creative expression and strength. Read more about Anita Mary 




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