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Our Studio

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Our studio Room 5 is at the Phillipstown Community Hub, close to the city and set in beautiful gardens. We have high quality art materials and equipment, and a printing press. We offer a variety of art forms including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed media.

 

 

OUR PROGRAMMES

At the studio we host creativity groups for adults, and rangatahi young people.

 

STUDIO GROUPS FOR ADULTS

These sessions are intimate small studio groups, with experienced arts workers who provide tailored support to each person. People are encouraged to explore their creative world and find their creative voice, through projects and art forms they choose.

People also have the opportunity to develop their creative practice through creativity plans, portfolios and workshops to boost their artistic skills or professional practice.  

The studio programme includes specialist workshops, field trips and gallery visits. 

The groups are held on Mondays and Tuesdays.

 

Who are the studio sessions ideal for?

People who:

  • Have experience of mental distress

  • Have a strong interest in creativity, or are already involved in making art

  • Can work independently with support from our art workers

  • Want to work alongside other artists with similar experiences in a shared studio environment

  • Want to take things to the next level - we can help you to access opportunities to engage with contemporary art

 

How can I join?

You can join by referral through a mental health service or by contacting us yourself.  We will make a time to meet you, show you the studio and hear about your interests and needs. We know it can be hard going somewhere new – you are welcome to bring people with you.

For more information please contact us on issy@otautahicreativespaces.org.nz, or 022 379 1521.

 

UNLEASHED! FOR RANGATAHI YOUNG PEOPLE

Smoking LineUnleashed! is a creativity programme for rangatahi aged 15 – 25 with experience of mental distress. The programme is run in partnership with Tōtara House (Canterbury District Health Board) and Emerge Aotearoa’s youth hub Tiakina. Rangatahi are supported by experienced youth art workers and support workers from Tōtara House and Tiakina.

The Unleashed! creativity programme is based on Te Whare Tapa Wha, and includes both group and individual activities exploring different themes and art forms.

Unleashed! includes specialist workshops, field trips and gallery visits. It runs on Thursdays.

 

Who are the studio sessions ideal for?

Rangatahi young people who:

  • Want to explore their creative world

  • Want to meet other rangatahi in a creative environment

 

How can I join?

You can join by referral from Totara House, Tiakana Youth Hub, CAF, Southern Health School or another youth mental health service. We will make a time to meet you, show you the studio and hear about your interests and needs. We know it can be hard going somewhere new – you are welcome to bring people with you.

For more information please contact us on 027 528 4043 or email justine@otautahicreativespaces.org.nz

 

TE KORIMAKO WHĀNAU GROUP FOR TAKATA WHAIORA

Tahu Potiki, by Ranui MacDonaldTe Korimako is a creativity group run in partnership group with Kakakura Health Services. This kaupapa Māori group is for residents of Kakakura Health’s whānau home. Te Korimako’s creativity programme is based on Te Whare Tapa Wha, and includes both group and individual activities exploring Te Ao Māori through different themes and art forms.

The Te Korimako programme includes specialist workshops, field trips and gallery visits. It runs on Wednesdays.

For information please contact us on 022 379 1521 or issy@otautahicreativespaces.org.nz

 

INFORMATION FOR ARTISTS

Is there a fee to attend?

There is no charge to attend, but we welcome koha (donations).

Is experience necessary?

No - what’s most important is that you are passionate about creativity and you’re keen to explore your creative world – you don't have to show us you've been creative for a long time.

Can I bring a support person or family member along to a studio group?

Please talk to us when you register about extra support you may need to participate at the studio. 

How can you have your say?

We encourage all artists to contribute their ideas about the operation of the studio and our programmes through a suggestion box, and artist meetings.

What happens to the artwork you create?

Artists own the artwork they create. We do our best to store your artwork safely but we have very limited space for this so we encourage you to take work home once it is finished.

You will have opportunities to exhibit your work, at our annual  group exhibition and in other exhibitions. We will support you to sell your work if you choose to.

How to stay in touch

To contact the studio call 022 379 1521.

 
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