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Vincents Art Workshop in downtown Wellington

HEART OF VINCENTS: A painting sits at the heart of Vincents Art Workshop that reads: “Vincents is about art making: It is a place where people come to express their creativity.” Sara Riordan takes part in a women’s only art session and blogs about her experience.

Audio described musical at Circa Theatre

26 April 2017
Penny Ashton in Olive CopperbottomCirca Theatre in Wellington will present a touch tour and an audio described performance of Penny Ashton’s new musical, Olive Copperbottom, on Sunday 21 May. Following the sold-out successes of Promise and Promiscuity, Ashton swaps Austen for Dickens and brings orphaned hero Olive and a squalid gaggle of Victorian characters to pox-ridden London life. Read more about Olive Copperbottom 

Living in a creative hub

30 March 2017
Puppets created by Graham LalorGraham Lalor lives right in the middle of a creative hub in the Christchurch suburb of Philipstown. Three blocks from his house in one direction is Ōtautahi Creative Spaces' Room 5, where he goes every Monday to make art. Three blocks in the other direction is the Eastside Gallery, where he volunteers two days a week.  Read more about Christchurch artist Graham Lalor

Coffee and art, the perfect partners

28 March 2017
Shingo Enari, Fred Sesun, Bev Lowen and Gary Buchanan at the Circa CafeCoffee and art go hand-in-hand at Circa Café in the Christchurch suburb of St Albans, where regular exhibitions feature work by artists from The White Room creative space.The exhibitions are the result of a “fantastic partnership” with Circa Café, says White Room co-ordinator Bev Lowen. Since the partnership was formed in 2015, 11 artworks have been sold. Read more about the partnership between The White Room and Circa Cafe

Rose Kirkup debuts first solo work

20 March 2017
Rose KirkupUsing American pop star Beyoncé as her inspiration, Rose Kirkup will perform her first solo work I Am Tasha Fierce at BATS Theatre in Wellington from 28 March to 1 April. The play tells the story of Tasha, a small-town girl who moves to the big city to follow her dreams and live as a strong independent woman. Read more about Rose Kirkup 

Relaxed performance at The Court Theatre

14 March 2017
Christopher Boone, played by Tim EarlThe celebrated theatrical adaptation of Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, will run at The Court Theatre in Christchurch from 18 March to 22 April, with a relaxed matinee performance on 25 March. The Court are delighted to be working with Autism NZ to present this relaxed performance as part of the season. Read more about the relaxed performance at The Court Theatre

Northland prisoners see creative writing in print

22 February 2017
Cover of ReflectionsA competition asking prisoners at Northland Region Corrections Facility to write a 100-word short story has resulted in weekly creative writing classes and a publication called Reflections. Printed in late 2016 by the Corrections Print Shop in Rimutaka Prison, Reflections contains 43 pieces of work. There are poems about freedom, friends and family; short stories often with a Northland setting; memories of life on a farm; and insights into growing up. Read more about creative writing classes for Northland prisoners

Seeds of creativity grow at Arohata Prison

22 February 2017
A cultural performance at the Arohata Christmas ConcertContinuity. That’s the word Wellington artist Dan James uses to describe why he volunteered to work with women in Arohata Prison from February through to December last year, culminating in the Arohata Christmas Concert. “For me, it was about continuity. In Uta’s workshop, we built a rapport with the women and I saw how much confidence they gained. A sustained approach is much more poignant and valuable than doing something as a one-off." Read more about creativity at Arohata Prison

Shortland Street musical strikes chord with Deaf community

20 February 2017
Powerplant, an illuminated bush walk The opportunity to see a New Zealand Sign Language interpreted performance of Shortland Street – the Musical, on during the Auckland Arts Festival 2017, has struck a chord with Deaf and hard of hearing people. A fan of the television soap opera, James Pole, says: “Deaf people have watched Shortland Street on TV since the early 1990s because it was one of the few shows back then to have captions. It’s great to see the tradition of access continue with NZSL access to the musical.” Read more about accessible events at the Auckland Arts Festival 2017  

Jacob Dombroski flies solo

14 February 2017
Meet Jacob Dombroski, a young talent from Wellington, whose first solo performance, Big J Stylez, will be presented on 22 and 23 February as part of Pūtahi Festival 2017. In the play, Jacob explores his childhood memories; his strong relationships with his whānau; his brotherhood with his siblings; and also his experience as a bullied school boy. Read more about Jacob Dombroski




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