A collage of images from the Arts Access Awards 2016, plus the 2017 awards logo

MAKE YOUR NOMINATIONS: Do you want to see an outstanding disabled artist recognised? Or how about a leader providing access to the arts for people in New Zealand? Nominations to this year’s Arts Access Awards, presented annually by Arts Access Aotearoa, close on Monday 3 April 2017For more info and to download the nomination forms

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

Focus ahead for Creative Bay of Plenty

10 February 2017
Lena Kovac, General Manager, Creative Bay of PlentyFor Lena Kovac, General Manager of Creative Bay of Plenty, 2017 is a year to focus on supporting arts and culture practitioners in Tauranga and the Western Bay through advocacy and capability building initiatives such as workshops and mentoring. In addition, Lena and her staff of three will be working with Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council to support the development of its Arts and Culture Strategy. Read more about Lena Kovac and Creative Bay of Plenty 

Exploring the joy of music 

25 January 2017
Andreas Lepper and Ollie Photo: Birgit Krippner
For musician Andreas Lepper, it’s all about inclusion, connection and joy. He’s convinced that music is not only a path to self-expression and creativity but also a way to bring diverse people together. Originally from Germany, Andreas came to New Zealand in 1982 not knowing that he would become a well-known musician and mentor in Wellington’s local music scene. Read more about Andreas Lepper 




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