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CHRISTMAS BIDDING: With Christmas looming on the calendar, the Awesome Arts Access Auction 2017 on Thursday 30 November is a great chance to bid on a wide range of items - from luxury getaway packages and tickets to live performances to fabulous artworks, health and beauty items, and much more. For more info 

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 

Rossano Fan artwork an auction highlight 

8 November 2017
Dylan Potocki and Rossano Fan paintingArtwork by the late Rossano Fan, a renowned Wellington architect and artist, will be available for purchase at the Awesome Arts Access Auction, on at the CQ Hotels Wellington on Thursday 30 November. Called Dougong xiāng: village at sunset, the work has been donated to the auction by Wellington’s Potocki Paterson Gallery. 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 

Disability Pride Week 2017 

16 October 2017
Disability Pride Week logoDisability Pride Week 2017 is happening around New Zealand from 30 November to 5 December and organisers are calling for disabled people, organisations and community groups to register their events. Disability Pride Week is about bringing disabled people together to celebrate their common humanity through a variety of activities, and sharing our stories and our creativity, say co-convenors Rachel Noble and Nick Ruane. Read more about Disability Pride Week 2017

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

Otago Museum goes beyond the code 

2 October 2017
Jason Strawbridge and Caroline CookTūhura Otago Community Trust Science Centre, opening in Otago Museum in early December, has gone beyond the code in accessibility – thanks to its consultation with Strawbridge Accessibility. The three-year project to “rethink and redevelop" its 20-year-old science centre was led by Caroline Cook, Director, Marketing and Development, Otago Museum. Read more

Companion card in the too-hard basket

15 September 2017
Australian Companion Card Scheme"The Australian Government funds a longstanding and very successful Companion Card scheme – one that Arts Access Aotearoa has been advocating for since 2010. It’s a scheme I feel strongly about and I thought it was time to update you on its progress – or lack of," writes Richard Benge, Executive Director, Arts Access Aotearoa in his latest blog. Read more




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