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Creative ID: 161

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

Based in: Aro Valley/Wellington.

When I'm available: I am available during school hours.

Where I'm available: I am available to work on projects throughout Wellington City as well as Lower Hutt.

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

I am an award-winning photographer and a World of Wearableart Show finalist designer. I am passionate about the topics of cultural identity and sense of belonging and I've been exploring these topics in my photography and design projects. I've initiated some great collaborative community arts projects supported by the Wellington Council and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. I encourage children to use the camera to look at their own identities, communities and cultures and to explore their dreams and passions. The projects aim to grow the participants' knowledge, skills in communication and collaboration, and to create a sense of self. 

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 10 years of experience as a professional photographer and have participated in (and curated) numerous solo and group exhibitions. I have exhibited my work in a great number of venues throughout Wellington, including Wellington City Library, Thistle Hall as well as the residence of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. I hold a Graduate Diploma in Photographic Design from Massey University and was the recipient of a Student Scholarship Award. I have received funding from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands as well the Wellington Council for several of my community arts projects. My work has appeared in well-known magazines throughout New Zealand and I have worked for a great variety of clients. Recently I was a finalist designer in the World of Wearableart Awards Show.

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

I have experience as a photography tutor for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to develop their artistic skills and be practicing artists. I have also been an active member of an early childhood education centre where I was involved with a group of 3- to 5-year-old children. I am currently actively involved in the preschool of my son.

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

I am passionate about encouraging young children to use art as a way to explore identity and sense of self. These themes of identity have been the main focus of my own work and I believe my experience and passion matches the Creatives in Schools programme perfectly. My personal work is often collaborative in nature. Projects start off as a documentary and develop into a dialogue about what is means to be part of our communities in Aotearoa. I aim to encourage participants to explore their own artistic skills as well as their sense of belonging. My involvement in the Creatives in School programme will be an extension of my current art practice. I already work with communities to create art projects and hope to be able to support to young children in school also.

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