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A collage of images of Connect the Dots, an Auckland charityCONNECTING THE DOTS: An Auckland charity running art classes and workshops for older people and people living with dementia, is working towards an exhibition in 2019 aimed at reducing stigma and social isolation and showing what people living with dementia have to offer. Read more 

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Exhibition sparks conversation about autism

Tanea Paterson outside Otago MuseumAn invitation to speak at an Arts For All Otago Network meeting about making the arts accessible to people with autism sparked an exhibition at the Otago Museum of artwork by 28 autistic artists. Driving the project was Tanea Paterson, who shared the Arts For All Otago Network stage with Sheryl Davies of Altogether Autism. Read more 

Mental health a focus of webseries

27 August 2018
a comic illustration by Sally BollingerThe Candle Wasters, a group of young New Zealand women creating a “fierce and funny webseries” called Tragicomic, knew from the outset that they wanted to do something set in a high school and centred on mental health challenges – something all the writing team had experience of. Tragicomic is a ten-part webseries and 20-part webcomic, created to be read and viewed together. Read more

Dunedin short film a finalist

13 July 2018
Making shopping bagsIt’s a title to stop most of us in our tracks: Boom Boom Extremo Bags. What’s that about? The confusion only worsens when you discover that the tale of the extremo bags is being told by a conspiracy of lemurs. But watch the prize-winning video produced by Dunedin Connections Centre and its creative space, Studio2, with fine arts graduate Megan Brady, and the story soon makes a lot of sense. Read more

Impact of creativity on mental wellbeing

5 July 2018
Artists from Otautahi Creative SpacesFindings from research demonstrate the “profound” impact of Ōtautahi Creative Spaces’ programmes on artists’ mental health and wellbeing. Analysis of the innovative arts programme by Ihi Research and Development has revealed how it has helped those involved to become more connected and resilient with improved social skills. Read more 

Eryn Gribble offers opportunity in the arts

2 July 2018
Eryn GribbleA new creative space in Wellington called Opportunity Arts will be launched on Tuesday 10 July at Thistle Hall in Cuba Street. Its creator, Eryn Gribble – also Co-ordinator of the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre – explains why she’s driven to launch another creative space in the Capital. “It supports the work that creative spaces do by helping their talented artists reach the wider public they deserve," Eryn says. Read more




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