Wairarapa – Schools based in Masterton, Carterton, Greytown, Featherston and Martinborough.
My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)
I’m a practicing Visual artist with a Masters in Fine Arts from Elam School of Arts. Since graduating in 1997 I have continued to practice and exhibit my work as a painter. My personal painting style is bright, modernist formalist paintings and examples of this work and my exhibition CV can be viewed online.
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 graduated with an MFA in Fine Arts from Elam School of Arts in 1997 and have continued practicing as an artist with regular solo and group exhibitions. I was an artist in residence at Tylee Cottage, Whanganui. My work has been recognised in national-based art competitions. From 2012 to 2015 I worked closely with young community youth groups and local council boards to create large-scale murals in Auckland that were created with local participation in their design and delivery.
Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes
As a painter I’ve enjoyed art-based collaborative projects and this was instrumental in setting up a series of community involved public murals in the Auckland region between 2006 to 2015. These projects were undertaken in collaboration with Local Council Boards, NZ Police and local Community Groups. My painting style has been instrumental in creating large-scale, brightly coloured visuals that visibly transformed public spaces that involved young people and created a sense of pride in their place. Some examples of this work are online. I’ve worked as an Art Tutor at an art studio in Auckland, taking art workshops for all ages in drawing and contemporary painting techniques.
Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice
I have a resource of projects and tools that can be implemented in a variety of ways to relate to whatever students' theme of study is. Our local school is undergoing a process to revitalise its surrounding environment in the most resourceful and effective way through a committee. There is potential to create a collaborative and relevant outdoor art piece to enliven an aspect of the school grounds and give students a sense of pride in their school if they have an input in its creation. A process would be set up initially to achieve this outcome.