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

 

Caracals: Small Cats With Big Ears Arrive At Wellington Zoo

Visitors to Wellington Zoo will be able to see New Zealand’s first Caracals in the Zoo’s new Grassland Cats habitat, with a special visitor opening day on Saturday 27 September. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Classics - Tales From Moominvalley
Can’t speak for the reading end of it but the Moomins ( or maybe the story about Margaret Wise Brown) were the most enjoyable subject to think about and write about during these whole first 50 issues of Werewolf. For that reason – and because the Moomins always reward re-reading – I’ve decided to reprint it. The only added element is a link to an interesting hour long documentary about Tove Jansson. More>>

ALSO:

Repping In The Pacific: All Blacks And Manu Samoa To Play Historic Apia Test

The All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday 8 July next year as part of both teams’ preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Monarchy: Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Are Expecting Second Child

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child. More>>

ALSO:

2015: Elton John Plans Wellington Show

After nine years, Elton John and his band will return to Westpac Stadium, Wellington for one spectacular concert! The November 21, 2015 concert will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career... More>>

Book Awards: Jill Trevelyan's Story Of Peter McLeavey Is Book Of The Year

The story of Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey and his gallery has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2014 in a glittering ceremony in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: King Richard

Simon Nathan reviews 'Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own': My father grew up in Wellington during Seddon’s premiership... I can recall him standing under the Seddon statue in the grounds of parliament and telling me that Seddon had more backbone than Sid Holland and all his cabinet colleagues put together.. More>>

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news