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Creative ID: 153

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

Based in: Hawke's Bay.

When I'm available: I'm flexible.

Where I'm available: Hawke's Bay but not adverse to travel.

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

As a mural artist and mentor for the last 11 years my main theme has been Environmental and working with repurposed paint. Focusing on schools public and community murals and developing youth, I now enjoy involving community events and activating networks by working with all age groups. Providing the space of expansion for young creatives, in particular who have expressed an interest in art, is my passion and advocating creative pathways for careers is the ultimate. As a retired bank manager I'm also an advocate of small and sustainable business enterprises from the students and school as a whole. All materials used are recycled or redirected from landfill, working with local corporate and small business owners, so the kaupapa is sub-zero waste. Engaging students and extended community in projects for murals supports long-term community development from my experience. I look forward to meeting more creatives and supporting their unlimited potential. 

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 over a decade of practicing as a professional mural and commission artist, mentoring, teaching and coordinating creative community events and mural projects. I love motivating and activating groups as volunteers and seeing people surprised at their artistic abilities. Many of my students are now successful artists and enjoy attending exhibitions with their works on show, and I also enjoy creative collaboration with them and other practicing artists. I have worked closely with councils, regional and local body, supported public and festival environments and have excellent relationships with local schools. Police also often engage my services for challenged youth and we work creatively with those who may have had trauma. I have references I can obtain if required.

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

In 2009 I founded an indoor play space and was approved as a provider for Oscar programmes delivering children's before, after-school and holiday programmes for seven years in Hawke's bay, focusing on all types of art and crafts and creative living skills. In 2010 I established a not for profit organisation and during that year I also employed 18 youth who were transitioned into creative pathways through a Government Community max initiative. We developed community mural programme, community gardens and a community centre together. I am currently supporting as a sustainable arts teacher and mural mentor in two schools. In particular a mural project that is part of a reforestation project that is changing the lives of the tamariki, staff and the community simply by their collective intentions.

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

I love to support the creative potential for anyone, in particular young people and using sustainable materials and sharing the kaupapa around environmental issues I feel my mahi is more purposeful. Every time I teach, I learn. And the kids today know they have work to do around the planet issues and if they are creative they can share messages through their art to a wider audience.

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