Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Fresh Horizons workshop brings Pasifika artists to CPIT

Fresh Horizons workshop brings leading Pasifika artists to CPIT

A three-day creative workshop with a difference concludes at CPIT today with an exhibition of work by secondary school Pasifika students from 5.30 – 7pm in the Rakaia Centre.

The programme, Fresh Horizons, gives the three participating tutors – leading Pasifika creatives: fashion artist Lindah Lepou, printmaker Josh Bashford and performance poet Tusiata Avia - the freedom to bring their own unique approaches to inspiring the 35 students.

They are determined to do a lot more than simply share a few creative skills.

“The nature of the workshop is a lineage approach looking into their own genealogy to realise and understand uniqueness,” Lepou says. “A lot of them tend to be lost and confused, looking outside themselves for answers. I remind them that it is right there in front of them.”

Lepou’s approach goes far beyond experiments with fashion art and possible careers; she helps the students to explore fundamental issues of identity and self-confidence. It’s powerful stuff.

“The first day is the toughest because it is deep. They are asking questions that they wouldn’t usually ask. They have not seen the importance or relevance of asking these questions before.

“They often go home and ask their parents about their genealogy and parents get excited because the kids are interested. Then they start dreaming and the second day they are on fire!”

With purposefully limited materials – paper and black plastic – the students not only start to create but they start to realise that they are not being judged and in fact there is no right or wrong way.

“Then they start playing and refining the garment. What excites me is watching them blow themselves away. The mistakes are the fun part, I tell them.”

Lindah uses her experiences of overcoming discrimination as a Samoan ‘Fa’afafine’ to inform her work, turning her challenges into positives and sharing her discoveries about life with others.

“Through Fresh Horizons I can show the students how to think for themselves, create for themselves and not be afraid. They think it is a three day workshop but it is life! They will look back on this in years to come and go ‘oh right, that’s what she meant’.”

Fresh Horizons is run by CPIT in collaboration with Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust from Auckland and Christchurch’s NO LIMITS Pasifika youth programme.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Werewolf Film: It Follows - Panic In Detroit

Philip Matthews: When you heard last month that Wes Craven had died and you wanted to pay homage, you could have sat down with any one of five of his films that helped reinvent American horror at least three times over three decades... Or you could just have watched one of the greatest recent horror films that would probably not exist without Craven. More>>


Werewolf Music: Searching For The White Wail - On Art Pepper, etc

If the word ‘hipster’ means anything – which it arguably doesn’t – it seems to be more of an impulse than a condition. One always headed for the margins, and away from the white-bred, white-bread mainstream... More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Leonardo da Vinci - The Graphic Work

The breadth of da Vinci’s work is incredible: from animals to weaponry, architecture to fabric, maps to botany. The works have been divided into themes such as Proportion Drawings, Anatomical Drawings and Drawings of Maps and Plans. Each section begins with a short essay. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: James Hector: Explorer, Scientist, Leader

Publication of this comprehensive 274-page account of the life and work of James Hector by the Geoscience Society of New Zealand marks the 150th anniversary of James Hector’s appointment as New Zealand’s first government scientist. More>>

On Shoestrings And Phones: Rossellini And Contemporary Film

Howard Davis: Roberto Rossellini's Neo-Realist Rome, Open City provides some fascinating technical parallels to Tangerine, an equally revolutionary Independent movie made exactly seventy years later. More>>

Art Review: Fiona Pardington's A Beautiful Hesitation

An aroma of death and decay perfumes this extraordinary survey of Fiona Pardington's work with faint forensic scents of camphor and formaldehyde. Eight large-format still-lifes dominate the main room, while other works reveal progressive developments in style and subject-matter. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news