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Watch Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2020

Collage of Auckland's Award 2020 recipients and Highly Commendeds with Richard Benge, Arts Access Aotearoa

CONGRATULATIONS, AUCKLAND: Tim Bray Theatre Company, Pelenakeke Brown and Kākano Youth Arts Collective were presented their awards and Highly Commended certificates this month by Arts Access Aotearoa’s Richard Benge and Gary Silipa. You can read more about all the recipients of Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2020, presented online for the first time on 13 October 2020

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Strategic vision for Auckland’s creative spaces

19 November 2020
"Working with our sectors to provide the strategic vision and future pathways to strengthen accessible and inclusive arts is an essential part of Arts Access Aotearoa’s work," blogs Richard Benge, Executive Director, Arts Access Aotearoa. "Without evidence we would find it impossible to advocate effectively for improved funding and support for a sector that delivers accessible and inclusive arts for wellbeing and creative expression." Read Richard's blog

Awards 2020 celebrate diversity and the arts

14 October 2020
An award-winning performing artist, arts projects and creative spaces nurturing mental health and wellbeing, a pioneer of accessibility in children’s theatre, and leadership in delivering arts programmes in prisons were celebrated at Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards 2020, presented online for the first time by Arts Access Aotearoa on Tuesday 13 October. Read more

Hedy Ankers recreates stories in clay

8 October 2020
Hedy Ankers with the five award trophiesRobert Rapson, the previous trophy-maker, died earlier this year. Hedy Ankers knew Robert and had occasionally helped him load his trophies into the kiln. She was “thrilled” when Arts Access Aotearoa asked her to create individual trophies for five of Te Putanga Toi Arts Access Awards recipients. Read more

Crescendo programmes under the one roof

6 October 2020
Crescendo, a creative space for rangatahi, has finally found a permanent home in Avondale, Auckland.  Until September, Crescendo (formerly Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa) has been working out of Corbans Estate and various community centres in Tamaki, East Auckland. Read more 

Shot Bro and saving lives

26 August 2020
Rob Mokaraka outside Invercargill Prison“I think of myself as an essential life-saving service but that's an unofficial statement,” Rob Mokaraka says in an email when he’s told that his solo show Shot Bro, due to be performed to men at Rimutaka Prison in two days’ time, has had to be postponed because of COVID-19. Described as “a healing true story about a very real fight with a bullet and depression,” Shot Bro was first performed at Rimutaka Prison back in 2016. Read Rob's story 

Unlocking potential through the arts

26 August 2020
Leonie Abe, Hawkes Bay Regional PrisonUntil eight years ago, Leonie Aben, acting Prison Director of Hawkes Bay Regional Prison, saw arts programmes in prisons as more of an optional extra, a good way of keeping prisoners occupied rather than an integral part of building self-esteem, motivation and a sense of cultural identity. “I always liked the arts but I didn’t see it as I do now, as part of the rehabilitation process,” she says. Read more 




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