New Zealand Pacific Studio is both a private retreat for writers and artists and a public-oriented institution.
We foster connections with the community, especially for our Fellows, who are mandated to serve the public.
We create opportunities for people to come together, exchange experience, learn new techniques and processes, and collaborate on projects.
Over the years, NZPS residents have given readings, concerts and performances, mounted exhibitions at museums and art centres, led many different activities at primary and secondary schools, facilitated workshops with various groups and met the public at Open Studio Days.
CURRENT / RECENT COMMUNITY PROJECTS
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2016 - 2017
ART IS A LIVING THING 2 DEC 2016 - 15 JAN 2017 - An international exhibition of 100 artists at NZPS over the past 15 years. Opera, Poetry. Live Music. Theatre. Films. Sound Installation. 2D and 3D art. At Aratoi Museum. Supported by Trust House.
SCHOOL VISITS - in 2016, NZPS artists/writers-in-residence led activities with more than 500 students around the Wairarapa, from Eketahuna to Gladstone, at primary, intermediate and secondary schools.
EKETAHUNA YOUTH CLUB - Emerging Artist Fellow 2016 Nick Davies worked with the Club for two sessions.
ARATOI MUSEUM / GLADSTONE PUB / GRAFIA / TIN HUT/ VENTANA CREATIVE COLLECTIVE - Musician-in-residence Sarah Dill performed around the Wairarapa in 2017.
NO SCIENCE TO GOODBYE - 2016 R.A.K. Mason Fellow Annabel Wilson premiered excerpts of her play at Mount Bruce Community Hall.
WE CAN GO ANYWHERE - 1st October 2016 - A workshop with youth, starting with a session at Aratoi Museum led by Dame Robin White, and then at King Street Artworks, led by Sarah Dill, Mark Manning, Madeleine Slavick and Annabel Wilson. Supported by Masterton Arts Fund and Masterton Creative Communities Scheme.
POETRY WORKSHOP WITH ALAN JEFFERIES. September 2016. Afternoon workshop in the Clockmaker's Loft.
WRITING WORKSHOP WITH HARRY RICKETTS. August 2016. All day workshop - with adults - in the Clockmaker's Loft at NZPS. Supported by Masterton Arts Fund.
15th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION- 19 JUNE 2016 - To celebrate our 15th anniversary this year, NZPS welcomed many relatives of the original Burton family who first lived in Normandell. One relative brought a beautiful carriage clock made by Christopher Burton, Sr. Another relative brought a painting of Clelia Burton. Another told a story of the clock in Blenheim, and yet another of walking across the paddock to 'Grandma's House'. Artists in residence: NZPS Founder, Kay Flavell, Ong Si Hui, Singapore; Adam Von Penfold, Christchurch; and Annabel Wilson, Wanaka/Wellington.
POEMS ON THE VINE - 5 June 2016 - listen to wonderful poems over a glass of fine wine. Two of the three featured poets have been NZPS residents: Lynley Edmeades (2009) and Ya-wen Ho (2016). They are joined by Ross Ireland. A Yarns in Barns event. Sunday 5 June 2016 3pm at Gladstone Vineyard. Tickets from Hedleys Books 378 2875 - adults $12, students $5, includes one glass of Gladstone wine, juice or hot drink.
TALES FROM THE BUSH - 29 May 2016 - stories of the northern Wairarapa as told by Kay Flavell, Gareth Winter and others - an open mic! A Yarns in Barns event. Sunday 29 May 2016 3pm at our house. Tickets $5 from Hedleys Books 378 2875.
PUKAHA ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION - until April - June 2016 - Three artists-in-residence - Tina Butterfield, Cat Blanchet, and Stefanie Smith - have contributed work in this annual exhibition to support Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre. SH2, Mt Bruce. Closes June 25. Open daily.
HUMILITAS - PAINTINGS BY TINA BUTTERFIELD - 15 May - 15 June 2016. Meet the Artist on May 18 at 6pm, at Toi Wairarapa Heart of Arts, 47 High Street N, Carterton. Open daily from 10am.
PROJECT 607 -- NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN The 2014 NZPS Friends of Aratoi Fellow Justine Fletcher exhibited some of the 607 pendants that she and the Wairarapa community made to honour the 607 women from the Wairarapa who helped give NZ women the right to vote.The exhibition to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the NCW ran from April 17 - May 15 at Toi Wairarapa Heart of Arts in Carterton.RUAMAHANGA RIVER MUSIC CLUB welcomed NZPS resident Gerard Harris, straight from performances in Wellington & Dunedin, to perform on Thursday April 14th at Gladstone Inn. Event starts at 7.30 and Gerard is on from 9.30 pm. Entry is $5.
BRING YOUR OWN STORY - BYO STORY, on World Storytelling Day, March 20, Education Centre, Masterton. An event for adults facilitated by the inaugural NZPS Masterton Fellow, Gaye Sutton. Venue sponsorship by Wairarapa REAP.
LINDAUER STUDIO INAUGURAL ART EXHIBITION, 19-20 March, Public Stand, Racecourse, 102 McLean St, Woodville. Art by Clelia Burton (1879-1952) who grew up in the home that is now NZPS, Gottfried Lindauer (1839-1926), Filip Trnka, and other residents of the Tararua.
OPEN STUDIO DAY 20 March , 2-5pm with illustrator Betsy McKimm, Canada / painter Laurence O'Toole, Ireland / storyteller Gaye Sutton, NZ / and writer Brandy Scott, NZ. Our previous Open Studio Day was held on February 7, co-hosted with the writers' series Wairarapa Word. Presentations by Yukari Nikawa (Japan), Cat Blanchet (Canada), Stefanie Smith (Canada) and Hillary Bassett-Ross (USA).
3RD ANNUAL SHOW AT PUKAHA MOUNT BRUCE, March 25 - June 25. Several NZPS artists will be contributing art as a way to support the National Wildlife Centre that is our neighbour.
2016 FRINGE FESTIVAL AWARDS CEREMONY, Sunday March 6- NZPS presented an award to artist Rose Kirkup.
FRIENDS OF ARATOI ART AWARDS, Sunday Feb 28 - NZPS presented an award to Wairarapa artist Andree deLatour.
12 NIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS December 17, from 6:30pm, Masterton Town Square - Writers Brandy Scott and Melanie Carter will read their work, and Michele Bachmann and Phil Kuffer, musicians from the Swiss band Anshelle, will perform at this free event.
WAI ART, Artist-in-residence Kirsty Lillico met with members of the Wai Art Club in their last meeting of the year. Kirsty's residency was supported through a grant from the Masterton District Creative Communities Scheme. 7 December 2015. 11:30-1:30.
WAIRARAPA BOOK FAIR, books by NZPS writers-in-residence were featured at this fair, and NZPS sold publications about the area - "Rainbows over Mauriceville" and the "Mount Bruce Community Hall". NZPS booth coordinated by IIML graduate, Brandy Scott. 6 December 2015. 12-3 pm. Carterton Events Cenre
CHINESE INK PAINTING WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS, Artist-in-residence Zheng Danyi led an inspiring workshop on calligraphy and painting with ink. Attended by children and adults. Coordinated with the Art Club, a project of the Village Art Shop in Greytown. 19 November 2015, 4-5pm.
VISION / MEMORY | WALL OF WORDS Marie E. Potter, 2015 Friends of Aratoi Fellow -- Four workshops with about 100 people were held to collect thoughts (in words) on the Wairarapa, followed by installations of these words on the windows of Aratoi Museum, Entice Cafe, Masterton i-SITE, King Street Artworks and Masterton Intermediate School. Part of the 2015 Kokomai Creative Festival and supported by Masterton District Creative Communities Scheme. Oct- Dec 2015.
SCHOOL VISITS | Many NZPS residents go into the schools to lead workshops. In the last two months of 2015, two sessions were held -- free of charge -- with intermediate school students. Marie Potter led a workshop with language, and Sunshine Herbert led a drawing workshop.
WRITING TO HISTORY | Connah Podmore, 2015 Friends of ANZAC Bridge Fellow - collection of postcards written by members of the community on peace, war and ANZAC issues, followed by exhibitions at Pukaha Mount Bruce, Tararua College, and Aratoi Museum. April - Oct 2015.