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FELLOWSHIPS ANNOUNCED: The recipients of Ngā Toi Rangatira o Aotearoa Arts Access Fellowships 2022 and their projects are built around access, inclusion and participation in the arts, 


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Saying “no” in theatre

25 November 2022
“I walked away from acting many years ago. The tale I tell is that I realised what I loved most about theatre was storytelling, and so writing was a better fit for me. This is true. It’s just not the whole truth,” writes Helen Vivienne Fletcher in her blog about the accessibility of theatre

Andrew Mitchell: learning from each other

25 November 2022
Andrew Mitchell is an artist and has worked at Vincents Art Workshop in downtown Wellington since 2005. Its Senior Art Tutor, he is passionate about inclusion in the arts and says that seeing the look on an artist’s face when they exhibit or sell an artwork for the first time is the best part of his job. Read Andrew's interview

Music’s impact on social interactions in prison

1 November 2022
A man working in the laundry at Otago Corrections Facility sometimes felt frustrated and so he brought his guitar to work. Whenever his frustration mounted, he played the guitar and his mood lifted. The other men in the laundry enjoyed listening to his music and thanked him for playing. Read about the impact of music at Otago Corrections Facility

Battle of the Bands nurtures talent at Auckland Prison

1 November 2022
Auckland Prison’s Battle of the Bands contest is fast becoming a firm favourite on the prison’s events calendar since the inaugural competition last year.  Based on the audience members’ applause and cheering, the waiata of the day was “Just an Illusion” performed by the band Hot.T. Read more about the Battle of the Bands 

A creative voice for rangatahi in prison

1 November 2022
Who gets to decide who can write and who can be published? It’s a question Michelle Rahurahu-Scott (Ngāti Rahurahu, Ngāti Tahu-Ngāti Whaoa) gets fired up about, especially in her role as Programme Manager for the creative writing programme Te Kāhui. Read more about Te Kāhui creative writing programme.



The Arts Access Podcast: Listen to the podcasts, produced by Sam Morgan, Digital Content Developer at Arts Access Aotearoa.

One to watch: Writer and spoken-word poet Helen Vivienne Fletcher performs Stick-abled: video directed, shot and edited by Rajeev Mishra.

Connecting through music: This video was made by Lala Rolls of Island Productions Aotearoa for Arts Access Aotearoa and Chamber Music New Zealand.

Access for all: This video was made by Lala Rolls of Island Productions Aotearoa for Arts Access Aotearoa


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