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... Keep Reading
"It has fuelled my creativity, empowered me to do something constructive and improved my sense of wellbeing massively."
Ōtautahi Creative Spaces is a specialist creative wellbeing initiative in Christchurch supporting people with experience of mental distress. We do this through studio groups, artist mentoring, collaborative projects and exhibitions.
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Antoinette Spicer is a second-year journalism student at the New Zealand Broadcasting School in Ōtautahi Christchurch. For her independent projects, she is creating a five-part podcast series on art initiatives and programmes that improve New Zealanders’ wellbeing. Keep Reading
There is a silver lining in the Covid 19 cloud. Our experience during lockdown has been a catalyst for a seismic shift in how we work; to complement our physical studio, we will take our studio to the artists - plans are afoot for a virtual studio space, a meeting place for artists. Keep Reading
Rebecca McNab's works in her exhibition Modern Mythos introduce some lesser known myths and considers their underlying messages. The Christchurch artist has been part of Otautahi Creative Spaces’ Room 5 artists collective for the past three years. Keep Reading
Kim Morton, director of Ōtautahi Creative Spaces, a creative wellbeing organisation from Christchurch, has received a Churchill Fellowship which will enable her to travel to the United Kingdom and Denmark in 2020 to research arts on prescription. Keep Reading
Inked is a collaboration between Rebecca McNab and Graham Lalor. Both artists are part of Otautahi Creative Spaces’ Studio Room 5 at the Phillipstown Community Hub. Having exhibited in many group exhibitions, Rebecca and Graham are delighted to present Inked, an exhibition of recent work, at Linwood Library. Keep Reading
Shapeshifter, a solo retrospective exhibition by Carmen Brown, will open on Monday7 October at Pūmanawa Gallery The Arts Centre in Christchurch.Marking Brown’s return to The Arts Centre after an absence of nearly ten years,Shapeshifter presents Brown’s unique way of seeing, offering to Christchurcha defiant sense of place, ... Keep Reading
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