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Who will fund creative spaces?

A collage of images of creative spaces
STEPPING UP TO FUND CREATIVE SPACES: The Government needs to put its money where its mouth is, says Diana McPherson, Director of Māpura Studios in Auckland. “If Creative New Zealand doesn’t have the capacity to fund creative spaces, then other government sources need to step up and recognise the benefits of the arts for everyone, in particular for people already disadvantaged and facing barriers to participation.” Read the article 

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Invercargill Prison makes Manu Tukutuku for Matariki

27 July 2020
A volunteer project at Invercargill Prison involved a group of six prisoners and two volunteers making nine Manu Tukutuku, traditional toitoi kites, for Matariki. The kites were gifted to the Invercargill Matariki Light Festival in Queens Park from 13 to 19 July, where they hung as part of the community display. Read more

Thinkit art programme in Invercargill Prison

1 July 2020
A new art programme designed to enrich creativity, and enhance self-esteem and problem-solving skills, is underway in Invercargill Prison. Thinkit is a five-week, ten-session programme that aims to help participants build skills and develop strategies to help them navigate everyday life. Read more

Arts mentors step up at Northland prison

1 July 2020
Beth Hill knew the arts mentors she helped train through the Tuakana Teina peer mentoring programme at Northland Region Corrections Facility had the skills to keep some of the arts activities going through the COVID-19 lockdown. But she was blown away by just how much they achieved during the seven weeks of Level 4 and 3 lockdown when she was unable to work at the prison. Read more

International recognition for Audio Described Aotearoa

25 June 2020
Hansel and GretelAuckland company Audio Described Aotearoa has received international recognition for its efforts in providing audio description for blind and low vision arts patrons, particularly during New Zealand’s COVID-19 lockdown. This includes collaboration with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, resulting in more than 1500 people around the world tuning into four audio described online ballets. Read more

New ways of performance under lockdown

23 June 2020
Fiona McKenzie started up the Inclusive Performance Academy of Canterbury just weeks before New Zealand went into lockdown because of COVID-19. Undaunted, the group carried on, meeting twice a week on the video-conferencing app Zoom. Read more 

Depot Artspace a confidence booster

16 June 2020
Ashe Black“I can safely say that I've never had this much confidence in securing a job as I do working with the people at Depot Artspace. Anyone thinking about joining the family, who lives with a disability or lifestyle they're nervous to be open about, will be treated with the best of care and love,” says Auckland digital artist Ashe Black. Read more



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AUTISM STEREOTYPES: Wellington writer L.J. Ritchie has been frustrated at the portrayal of autistic characters in books since he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in 2002. Read more

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 outside 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 2016 for its Accessible Concerts Programme, which includes relaxed performances and workshops.

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