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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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Pablos Art Auction a chance to give back

26 September 2018
Pablos artist Rosemarie“I like watching the sky: the clouds moving, the contrasts of colour and shape and shade.” Rosemarie, an artist at Pablos Art Studios in Wellington for the past three years, is talking about the artwork she has donated to the Pablos Art Auction on Friday 26 October. Read more

Exhibition sparks conversation about autism

Tanea Paterson outside Otago Museum17 September 2018
An 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 

 

 

 

 
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