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Free Holiday Workshops for Pacific Students

Free Holiday Workshops for Pacific Students

EIT is to host three days of screen printing, mixed media and performing arts theatre workshops for Hawke’s Bay senior secondary school students with a Pacific heritage.

Three Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust artists will tutor the free New Horizons Pacific Arts Workshops, which will be held at EIT’s Hawke’s Bay campus in Taradale from 3-5 October.

They are:
• Sheyne Tuffery, a Wellington-based Samoan multi-media visual artist who primarily works as a painter, animator and printmaker. Perhaps best known for the dynamic style of his prints and woodcuts, Sheyne describes himself as a “paper architect” who uses his work to create and represent his own cultural context and sense of belonging.

• Of Niuean and Maori descent, Lina Marsh is a graduate of Auckland’s Whitecliffe College of Art and Design and a former secondary school art teacher. A mixed media artist, she fuses handcrafts with traditional art-making techniques to create works that explore identity. Lina is an educator for the Ministry of Education’s Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom curriculum support project at the Tairawhiti Museum of Art and Culture in Gisborne.

• Sesilia Pusiaki is Tongan, and a graduate of the Pacific Institute of Performing Arts (PIPA). Currently teaching Tongan music and dance as a guest tutor at PIPA, Sesilia has worked extensively in the performing arts and her Tongan community for the last 11 years.

Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust is a non-profit organisation established in the 1980s and funded by Creative New Zealand and ASB Community Arts Trust to mentor and support contemporary Pacific art and artists.

EIT is keen to enrol Year 11-13 students in programmes that will build on their talents and interests. The workshops will be held at the School of Arts and Design from 9am to 3pm over the three days.

Last year, the trust’s workshops were held for the first time in Hawke’s Bay, attracting 40 students.


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