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.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Theatre: Ralph McCubbin Howell Wins 2014 Bruce Mason Award

The Bruce Mason Playwriting Award was presented to Ralph McCubbin Howell at the Playmarket Accolades in Wellington on 23 November 2014. More>>

ALSO:

One Good Tern: Fairy Tern Crowned NZ Seabird Of The Year

The fairy tern and the Fiji petrel traded the lead in the poll several times. But a late surge saw it come out on top with 1882 votes. The Fiji petrel won 1801 votes, and 563 people voted for the little blue penguin. More>>

Music Awards: Lorde Reigns Supreme

Following a hugely successful year locally and internationally, Lorde has done it again taking out no less than six Tuis at the 49th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>

ALSO:

EPMU: Fourth Pike River Anniversary

Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. More>>

ALSO:

'Kindara': Unusual Ginger Coloured Kiwi Chick Released To Taupo Creche

A cute little kiwi chick with an unusual ginger tinge to its feathers has just been released to Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary Kiwi Creche in Taupo after hatching at Rainbow Springs' Kiwi Encounter. More>>

Werewolf: The Complicatist : Bob Dylan Himself, And By Others

Bob Dylan is about to release a six CD version of the entire Basement Tapes sessions he recorded with the Band 40 years ago. To mark the occasion, I’ve rustled together some favourite cover versions of Dylan songs, and a few lesser-known tracks by the great man. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gone Girl : The Trouble With Amy

Philip Matthews: Three words to describe the David Fincher film Gone Girl: cynical, topical and ridiculous. Ridiculous isn’t a negative. More>>

ALSO:

11/11: Armistice Day Peace Vigils

On Armistice Day 2014, the second in the series of peace vigils that will take place three times each year during the World War One centenary will be held in Hokianga, Whangarei, Auckland, Tauranga, Otaki, Lower Hutt, Wellington and Takaka. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news