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Two poignant experiences from her student days stand out in the memory of Hahna Briggs, who this year became the first person to graduate with a master of dance degree from the University of Otago.
Watching a performance by Auckland integrated dance company Touch Compass in 1998 was a life-changing experience for Suzanne Cowan.
For Auckland writer Peter Finlay, "the pain is muted now, with the help of sympathetic fellow adults. The hard days are over."
Commissions from Australia and the United States for his distinctive ceramic ships have kept Hutt Valley artist Robert Rapson extremely busy over the past couple of months.
Using the skills and self-discipline he learned as a prisoner, Auckland artist Bryan G. Slight is so busy these days he reckons he hardly has time to cook dinner.
Matthew Squire's story is one of memory loss and a new life as an artist. It is, he says, as if "God has given me two lives".