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Collage of images from Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2019A NIGHT OF CELEBERATION: Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2019 recognised artistic achievement, diversity in the arts, and Arts in Corrections leaders. Thank you to Parliament and Minister Kelvin Davis for hosting the event, our volunteers and everyone who helped make it another wonderful celebration. Read more about the recipients  and check out some of the photos on Flickr

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Hats exhibition aims to break down stigma

6 September 2019
Get A Hat, Get A Head posterA Wellington exhibition, Get a Hat, Get a Head, is using hats to break down stigma around mental health and spark discussion in the wider Wellington community during Mental Health Awareness Week from 23 to 29 September. It opens on Monday 9 September in the Flux Gallery in Wellington Museum. Read more about the exhibition

Report presents findings about creative spaces

9 July 2019
Cover image on reportA report, Understanding the Value of Creative Spaces, presents key findings from a survey of creative spaces throughout New Zealand, intended to provide key decision-makers and agencies with information about the sector to better understand how the sector operates, the services it provides and to whom. Read more about the report 

Vincents Art Workshop to open more hours

9 July 2019
Vincents Art WorkshopVincents Arts Workshop in downtown Wellington will soon be opening its doors for another eight hours a week, including on Saturdays, thanks to additional funding from Wellington City Council. A delighted Glen McDonald, the Coordinator at Vincents Art Workshop, welcomes the funding to help meet the growing demand for its service. Read more about Vincents Art Workshop

Volunteers strengthen Pablos’ community

4 July 2019 
Pablos Art Studio“Volunteers help strengthen the Pablos community. They really do contribute to every facet of this organisation and we’re extremely grateful for their support,” says Ellyn Rose Whatley, Director of Pablos Arts Studio. The Wellington creative space  supports people’s mental health and wellbeing by providing a safe, nurturing space for creativity, as well as free materials, art tuition and art therapy. Read more about volunteers at Pablos

Art therapy with men in Auckland Prison

27 June 2019
Artwork by prisonersMāpura Studios is an art studio/creative space in Auckland for people living with diversity and adversity. Its kaupapa is “Changing lives through creativity”. Early in 2018 Simon Chaplin, Assistant Prison Director at Auckland Prison, contacted Diana McPherson, Director of Māpura Studios, and began a creative discussion. This resulted in the Department of Corrections engaging Māpura Studios to deliver the first formal group art therapy programme in a New Zealand prison. Read more about art therapy 


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