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Collage of images of art by Yaniv JansonPLEASE DO TOUCH: An exhibition by Raglan artist Yaniv Janson, previously displayed in Paris and New York, will feature for the first time in New Zealand at ArtsPost, the gallery of the Waikato Museum in Hamilton. Opening on 9 January, Please Do Touch features a series of paintings that explore United Nations Sustainable Development Goals such as climate change, water quality, oceanic ecological systems, poverty and sustainable cities. Read more 

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Creativity and digital skills in Otago Corrections Facility

17 December 2019
graphic illustrationA trial programme, grounded in kaupapa Māori values and using creativity, storytelling and digital skills, has been described by Otago Corrections Facility staff members as “a massive opportunity to engage our Māori learners, particularly the young men in our care” and to “equip them for the workplace of the future”.  Read more 

A pathway out of prison

17 December 2019
workshopA recent event showcasing the creativity of men in the Navigate Unit at Christchurch Men’s Prison included a musical performance, kapa haka, sculpture, screen-printing, storytelling and songs. Around 80 guests, including prisoners, whānau, supporters, funders and prison staff, enjoyed a musical performance by four members of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and nine men from the Navigate Unit. The performance was the culmination of an eight-week music project, in partnership with the Pathway Trust. Read more

Access and representation at Auckland Arts Festival

10 December 2019
UPU"It’s an exciting time for access in the arts here in Aotearoa. In the newly formed role of Programme Co-ordinator for Access and Inclusion, I have had the wonderful chance to continue Auckland Arts Festival’s track record of award-winning accessibility, plus introduce some innovative new initiatives," blogs Alex Lodge

Community spaces showcase White Room artists

7 November 2019
The White RoomCommunity art galleries, cafes and libraries in Christchurch are offering people a “unique and fresh view of the world” through art exhibitions featuring work by artists from The White Room Creative Space. Over the years, it’s established a number of partnerships with the local Christchurch community. Read more about The White Room



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Ruth Ratcliffe and Sherie Lucke, Otago Corrections FacilityCONGRATULATIONS, RUTH: “Soooooooo proud and happy for the guys ... again. Another validation for the men for being involved in something positive ...  Yaaaaaaay...!” Read more about Ruth Ratcliffe’s latest award 

Rue-Jade Morgan, Chris Ulutupu and Rachel Leota NEW WAYS OF WORKING: How can the arts support the Department of Corrections new Hōkai Rangi: Ara Poutama Aotearoa Strategy 2019–2024? Read Chris Ulutupu’s blog

ONE TO WATCH: Writer and spoken-word poet Helen Vivienne Fletcher performs Stick-abled: video directed, shot and edited by Rajeev Mishra.

Bronwyn Haines and Henrietta Bollinger otuside ParliamentVALUE OF CREATIVE SPACES: A report presenting key findings from a survey of creative spaces aims to provide key decision-makers and agencies with more information about the sector. Read the report 

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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