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Creative ID: 037

Art form(s): Visual Arts, Community Art.

Based in: Porirua/Wellington. 

When I'm available: I am available Term 2, 3 and 4 in 2020 at any time of the day including weekends.

Where I'm available: Porirua and Greater Wellington, open to other opportunities outside of this area.

My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)

Having recently become a full time artist/illustrator, I have been a part of the children's picture book world for over six years. I paint rich and detailed endemic New Zealand species with a focus on environmental education and activism. During term 2, 2019 I was the artist in residence at a Collegiate. I worked with students to develop a body of work that was exhibited alongside my paintings at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. My first two publications were finalists in the LIANZA Children's Book Awards and the New Zealand Post Picture Book Awards. 

My track record of experience and success - or the track record of experience and success of the creative or artist that I will partner with

I have been a full time artist for the last 18 months having been the education coordinator at a Museum for 14 years. In this role I designed and delivered education programmes to over 6,000 students annually. During that time I worked with artists, schools (students, teachers, principals, whānau), a variety of community groups, other providers and councils. We developed a variety of environmentally themed programmes centred on the Porirua Harbour, up-cycling and worked with school groups to develop school-wide art-based programmes around these themes.

Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes

I am an arts educator with over 20 years' experience in both secondary visual art teaching and gallery based teaching at a Museum. I am able to deliver art-based, hands-on programmes to years 1–13, preschool and adults. I have delivered teacher PD to a variety of teachers based on arts education in the gallery. During term 2, 2019 I was the artist in residence at a Collegiate, teaching hands-on art programmes to Year 1–13. I also have delivered workshops to adults, at public events ie. conservation day at Zealandia, Water Week, Matariki etc. and facilitated artist-based programmes.

Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice

Artists are critical thinkers, that can really inspire great learning. The many artist workshops I have facilitated at the Museum have demonstrated this so well. The specialist research and depth of knowledge required to inform art works and art responses is a great energy and model for students. I would love to develop this relationship to suit the schools environmental interests and connect students to illustration skills and processes – research, drawing, storytelling, design, species knowledge, seeking out specialists, making local connections and building ongoing relationships. I think artists are also great activists and the issues ie. water quality, endemic species, rat trapping, can be illustrated fully and used in a meaningful and memorable way.

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