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Original, inventive, challenging … These are the words curator Stuart Shepherd uses to describe the work of self-taught artists around New Zealand featuring in a national exhibition presented by Arts Access Aotearoa at Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures in Porirua from 6 to 23 September.
Quilters who pass on their skills to women prisoners, a circus artist who is blind, and an outdoor music festival that puts access at the heart of everything it does are among the award recipients recognised tonight at the Big ‘A’ Awards 2012, presented at Parliament by Arts Access Aotearoa.
The “ability, determination and courage” of Melissa Fox, a member of integrated company JOLT Dance in Christchurch, was recognised yesterday by Arts Access Aotearoa and its Executive Director, Richard Benge.
Olivier Lacoua's strong sense of community and his interest in working with the arts community in Wellington are key reasons behind his sponsorship of the Big 'A' CQ Hotels Wellington Community Partnership Award, presented annually by Arts Access Aotearoa.
Arts Access Aotearoa is calling for nominations to the Big 'A' Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 2012. This award recognises an arts organisation, company, venue or producer that best demonstrates its commitment to developing its audiences by becoming more accessible to the disabled community.
Fortune Theatre in Dunedin is opening its doors to blind and vision-impaired audiences by providing six audio-described performances of its plays in 2012, supported by a one-off $3000 grant from Creative New Zealand.
Beyond the economic benefits, the arts make a very real contribution to the lives of individuals and to New Zealand society, the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, the Hon Christopher Finlayson, told more than 220 guests at Arts Access Aotearoa's Big 'A' Awards 2011 ceremony held in the Banquet Hall of Parliament last night.
A young former refugee turned writer, poet and musician, a pioneering Hutt Valley prison arts tutor, a New Plymouth art gallery, a partnership between a North Shore arts centre and the Department of Corrections, and a creative space providing an artistic outlet for people in Masterton were recognised tonight at the Big 'A' Awards 2011, presented at Parliament by Arts Access Aotearoa.
Artists working at creative spaces from Dunedin through to Auckland will be represented in Make/Believe, an exhibition presented by Arts Access Aotearoa and opening in Parliament's Bowen House, Wellington on 7 July.
Arts Access Aotearoa is seeking nominations to its Big 'A' Awards 2011, the only national awards in New Zealand celebrating the often unsung work being done throughout New Zealand to provide artistic