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Creative ID: 132

Art form(s): Community Art, Visual Arts, Design, Craft/Object, Installation, Sculpture.

Based in: Auckland.

When I'm available: I am very flexible with my time and can work alongside school programmes to accommodate any future projects.

Where I'm available: Auckland – Glen Innes, Pt England, Panmure, Mt Wellington, Otahuhu.

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

I am a full-time visual artist living and working in Auckland. I am a proud first-generation New Zealander with Pasifika roots. I have a varied professional art practice that includes making my own artwork to exist in indoor and outdoor environments ranging from paintings, sculpture, installation and outdoor murals. My practice also involves teaching and assisting others to create their own artwork. I am passionate about art and the positive impact it can have on individuals and communities. I am driven by making arts more accessible and as a tool for inclusivity and to improve well-being. I work a lot in schools and with young people using art to engage and empower them. I have over 20 years’ experience painting small to large-scale outdoor murals using spray paint and acrylic paint.

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

  • Over 8 years practicing as a professional, full-time artist and over 20 years' experience painting outdoor murals.
  • Along with creating my own artworks for exhibition and commission I have partaken in 3 overseas artist residencies (Fountainhead Residency in America, Youkobo Art Space in Japan and 'ace Residency in Argentina).
  • In 2006 and 2008 I was part of a team that won a global graffiti competition and became the first team to win back-to-back world champion titles.
  • I am the creator and current director of art projects in Glen Innes. These events are community focused and use the arts to enable participation, engagement, and improve well-being with youth and other groups.
  • I also established the first art gallery in Tāmaki, Auckland in 2015 which occupied a physical gallery space for 18 months and now exists in temporary pop-up spaces. Our purpose was to fill the gap missing in the community for a much-needed space dedicated to presenting and viewing visual art. The aim is to cultivate and encourage the accessibility, appreciation and culture of the visual arts within the Tāmaki community.

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

Since 2011 I have been teaching art in Auckland from after-school kids classes to lecturing at tertiary level. I mainly create and provide practical art workshops in schools and local community centres working with youth between the ages of 12 to 24 but have taught kids from as early as 5 years old to adults. Popular workshops that I also really enjoy involve assisting young people to produce their artwork design outdoors on a large scale using spray paint. Through art and the creative process I am able to teach other subjects (i.e. Maths and English) in a practical way which works well for students who may not learn through conventional classes.

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

Working with young people is lots of fun. I am also very interested in the creative learning experience and how it can enhance the well-being of students and empower them to become more confident in different areas of their lives. I have lots of experience in various areas (art, business, travel, careers, study, information technology) and enjoy sharing this knowledge to assist students with decision making and to improve their creative thinking.

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