Vincents 25th anniversary exhibition
26 October, 2010 The oldest creative space in New Zealand continues its 25th anniversary celebrations with an exhibition of works by past and current artists at Wellington's St James Theatre from November 10 to 24.
Vincents Art Workshop operates on the philosophy of potential and ability rather than disease and disability – an approach staff believe has led to a high number of artists achieving national and international recognition. They include Martin Thompson, Reece Tong, Colin Korovin, Wendy Randall, Lynda Nelson, Emma Gregory and Victor Bright.
The workshop was set up in 1985 as a result of government policies of deinstitutionalisation from psychiatric hospitals. It is a community based initiative providing access to arts and craft facilities, skilled tuition and materials within a supportive environment.
People with disabilities, those moving into the community from institutions, the unemployed, people on low incomes and others from the wider community are welcome. An average of 30 people use the workshop each day.
The 25th anniversary exhibition opening night will feature art raffles, historic memorabilia, background music and refreshments.
Art works for sale will include paintings, drawings, ceramics, mosaic mirrors, collage and mixed media – reflecting the richness and diversity of the people who use the community art studio.