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Three images of Richard Benge with Arts Access Aotearoa friends
WARM CONGRATULATIONS: Richard Benge, Executive Director, Arts Access Aotearoa, has been made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the arts and accessibility. Read more about Richard in the Stuff article

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Creative spaces respond to Government’s funding initiative

2 June 2021
Benedict Reid and Hannah DahlkeThe response from creative spaces throughout New Zealand to the Government’s $18 million fund for creative spaces has been “overwhelmingly positive”, says Hannah Dahlke, one of two funding advisors at Arts Access Aotearoa. “Until now, there’s never been targeted funding for the creative space sector and I think they are feeling more valued for the amazing work they do in their communities.” Read more

Circability hosts first Youth Circus Festival

29 April 2021
Youth Circus Festival logoAuckland creative space Circability will host Aotearoa’s first Youth Circus Festival in early May and hopes it will become an annual event. The festival is aimed at young people aged 12 to 24 years and will be held during Youth Week 2021, which runs from 8 to 16 May. It will be held at Corban Estate Arts Centre and Te Pou Theatre in Henderson from 7 to 9 May. Read more about the Youth Circus Festival

Arts and self-worth powerful tools for recovery

28 April 2021
Bonnie Schwarz playing the cello"Studying drama at The University of Manchester in the UK felt a bit meaningless to me until I did a practical training course about working in prisons and spent time with people for whom Theatre in Prisons and Probation Services (TiPP) had played a significant role in their recovery journeys," writes UK musician Bonnie Schwarz currently in New Zealand. Read Bonnie's blog

Home Ground artist training hui

28 April 2021
Artwork by Home Ground participantsArtists and practitioners interested in social justice and working with women in the justice system are invited to apply for a place in the Home Ground artist training hui, to be held in Wellington on 21 and 22 May. The hui will examine the Home Ground kaupapa and practice, and discuss what it means to be “trauma-informed”. Read more 

Art-East programme “lifesaving”

15 April 2021
"I do artwork instead of use drugs all day," says one of the participants at Christchurch creative space Art-East. Others say it was “lifesaving, and helped them feel supported, understood and less alone. Art-East creates a safe, supportive environment for people who have struggled or are struggling with alcohol or drug addiction issues, mental health issues, isolation, social stigma, institutionalisation and homelessness. Read more about Art-East

Equal Voices Arts features in UK podcast

15 April 2021
Equal Voices ArtsHamilton theatre company Equal Voices Arts is featured on the latest episode of UK podcast The Green Room. The Green Room is an accessible video podcast series celebrating the work and telling the stories of Deaf, disabled, or neurodiverse artists and their allies in the performing arts. It aims to engage and empower theatre-makers to be more confident to integrateaccess in their work. Read more and listen to the podcast





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