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Touch Compass performs Somatechnics TOUCH COMPASS TREAT: Auckland dance company Touch Compass performed their new work, Somatechnics, 11 times in Aotea Square throughout Disability Pride Week 2017 from 30 November to 5 December. The skilled dancers used a range of mobility apparatus, weaving them into their performance and entertaining lunchtime visitors.

New Zealand Festival's journey to accessibility

11 December 2017
Shelagh Magadza"As part of a wider journey to recognise diversity and uniqueness, the New Zealand Festival has been working towards creating a more accessible festival," blogs Shelagh Magadza, its Artistic Director. "For me, this continues a journey started when I worked at the Perth Festival and became aware of the challenges faced by some members of our audiences." Read Shelagh Magadza's blog

First accessibility virtual tour of venue launched

5 December 2017
Auckland Town HallAuckland Live has launched the first accessibility virtual tour of a New Zealand venue to assist disabled and mobility-impaired concertgoers at the Auckland Town Hall. The online tour on its website is an intuitive vehicle for audiences with accessibility needs to become familiar with the historic venue before stepping inside. Read more

Students create mural for Cannons Creek

16 November 2017
Cannons Creek muralA new mural in Porirua, based on a picture book by Patricia Grace, has been created by local students from Glenview Primary School and Porirua Alternative School. Patricia Grace’s book Watercress Tuna and the Children of Champion Street is set in Cannons Creek. Illustrated by Robyn Kahukiwa, the picture book shows a tuna with a magic throat weaving its way along Champion Street delivering gifts to the children.  Read more 

Audio described panto at Circa Theatre

8 November 2017
Peter PanCirca Theatre in Wellington will present a touch tour and an audio described performance of this year’s new Christmas pantomime, Peter Pan, on Saturday 16 December. Circa Theatre is offering a special price for this show of $38 to all members and guests of Blind Citizens New Zealand and the Blind Foundation. Read more

Proving the arts are a better way

29 October 2017
“If we want something to change, we have to prove there is a better way of doing things,” says Dr Selina Busby, a UK academic and theatre practitioner. “Anyone who works using the arts with communities knows it makes a difference to the quality of people’s lives. But we have to prove that. And not just with a questionnaire and a tick-box evaluation.” Read more

Women and creativity in prison

30 October 2017
Painting (detail) by Arohata Prison woman A large, framed painting of flowers hangs on a wall in Arts Access Aotearoa’s office. It’s been donated by quilter June Nixey, who was a volunteer quilter at Arohata Prison in Wellington for nearly 25 years before standing down earlier this year. June was one of the three original women who went into Arohata Prison to take a six-week course in 1993 and helped form the group called the Shut-in Stitchers. Read more 

Trish Harris’ poetry navigates hospital life

4 October 2017
Cover (detail) of My wide white bedHospital life from a patient’s perspective is captured in Trish Harris’s first collection of poetry, My wide white bed, to be launched on Saturday 14 October at Pataka Art + Museum in Porirua.
The The poems capture the small but significant interactions with hospital staff and other patients from the “moorings” of a “wide white bed” during a prolonged stay in hospital after orthopaedic surgery. Read more about the poetry collection





Arts Access Advocates



Women in Arohata Prison danceACCESS TO DANCE: "Access to the arts is a basic human right and a core part of our education," says Jacqui Moyes, Arts in Corrections Advisor, Arts Access Aotearoa, on RNZ's Upbeat programme about the benefits of ballet in prison. Listen here

Carmen Brown and Prime Minister Jacinda ArdernPAINTING FOR THE PRIME MINISTER: Artist Carmen Brown gave one of her paintings to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern when she and Health Minister David Clark visited Ōtautahi Creative Spaces. A place for people with experiences of mental ill health or distress, social isolation and earthquake trauma. Read more 

RNZ interviewIMPACT OF THE ARTS: Neil Beales, Corrections Chief Custodial Officer and Jacqui Moyes, Arts in Corrections Adviser, Arts Access Aotearoa talk to Bryan Crump of RNZ’s Nights programme about the range of arts being used as a tool to support the rehabilitation process. Listen to the interview 

HEALTH AND WELLBEING: Read the story of Otautahi Creative Spaces in Christchurch and the benefits of the arts and creativity in improving mental wellbeing. 

Covers of What's the story? and Performance review 2016HOW WE INCREASE ACCESS: What’s the story? and Performance review 2016 capture the highlights of Arts Access Aotearoa’s projects and partnerships over 2016.  Read more about Arts Access Aotearoa’s programmes and projects in 2016

COME LISTEN TO MY STORY: Sixteen women in the Drug Treatment Unit at Arohata Women's Prison took part in a one-week theatre workshop, led by German theatre practitioner Uta Plate and local artists. Watch the video and read the story about the workshop

CONNECTING THROUGH MUSIC: Chamber Music New Zealand received the Arts Access Creative New Zealand Arts For All Award 206 for its Accessible Concerts Programme, which includes relaxed performances and workshops. Watch the video and read more


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