The participants in our Rita Angus Film Project got put through there paces on the weekend as we launched into the filming phase of this project. Luckily the weather was good to us! The Film will premiere at Rita Angus on October 24th. Watch this space for a web link to the finished film – working title “New Haven!”
The short film ‘Inspired By’ – created by the participants of our Refugee Storytelling Project has been selected for presentation at the National Youth Diversity Forum. Two of the participants will travel to Auckland for the forum, they will present the film and share their experience of the project. We thank the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO for funding the costs of this wonderful invitation.
The Bishop’s Action Foundation, based in Taranaki, has invited Voice Arts Trust to deliver a drama project in New Plymouth. The project will work with young people you use the youth health service ‘Waves’. The aim is to capture the impact this services has on the young people who use it, the opportunities it has provided them and the ongoing support it provides. Through creative a series of drama workshops the participants will explore this theme and present a performance to family, friends and Waves funders and supporters.
We are delighted to be partnering with Ryman Healthcare to deliver a drama project for elderly residents of Rita Angus retirement village. We are working with 12 participants and they have chosen to create a short film exploring the impact of moving into residential care. Watch this space for a link to the finished film, due for release in November.
Each year Voice Arts Trust delivers a drama-based refugee youth project. This year, in partnership with ChangeMakers Refugee Forum and with support from UNESCO, the focus has been on ‘the positive contributions that people with refugee backgrounds make to family, community and society’. Eight young people were supported to explore ideas of who they are inspired by and who they are proud of in their community. Each chose one person to create a narrative, poem or drama about and these eight stories are being weaved together into a short film approx 8 minutes in duration. The cultural make up of the group was Somali, Sudanese, Afghani and Colombian. To view the short film click here.
Voice Arts Trust was invited by the Museum of Wellington to facilitate the creation of a performance piece that would support the community led exhibition “Death and Diversity” and further engage the various communities involved.
The project was characterised by a tremendous diversity amongst the participants across age, culture, gender, religious belief and experience of theatre making. Over a six-month period the group researched, devised and then performed a 40-minute performance in the gallery space at the Museum of Wellington City and Sea. All the material came from the actor’s own research and much of the writing was also that of the participants. “At Circle’s End” was performed to sold-out audiences during a six-show season in late November.
Pablos Art Studio provides people who have experience of mental illness with free materials, tuition and support to make art. Voice Arts Trust delivered a number of drama-based workshops to willing and interested artists. Our aim was to provide artists with an experience of a creative process driven by the voice and body, to encourage new forms of self-expression and build confidence. Here is some feedback from the participants:
- I felt my brain stretch for the first time in four years. It was a chance to try new things.
- It was a safe place to take a risk.
- I felt more accepted here at Pablos. I think it accelerated the process of feeling part of the Pablos group.
- It has helped me bring more ideas to the studio, I have more spontaneous ideas to work on.
‘Everyone has a Story’ was an exhibition of artwork by tenants living in City Council housing complexes. To complement the art, Voice Arts Trust was asked to create written profiles for a number of key artists, along with an audio profile which further explored their inspirations, motivations and the role art plays in their lives. Visitors to the exhibition could access these audio profiles via a listening post, providing the public with an intimate connection to the artists and the work they were viewing.
Voice Arts Trust delivered a short series of story-telling workshops for tenants from Wellington City Council’s Te Ara Hou Flats. Our aim was to encourage and support participation in the creation of a mosaic that sought to reflect and honour the histories and futures of individual tenants, families and the collective.