“Transitions” Film Project

RymanWe are delighted to be partnering once again with Ryman Healthcare on a 2nd short film project, this time engaging not only Residents but families as well. Similar to our first film project “Facing Change” we explore the often challenging time of transition from independent living or family care into an aged care facility.

The 75+ Storytelling Collective

web2A creative storytelling project with city housing tenants aged 75 and over; using the historical Nairn Street Cottage as ‘home’ for the project, and as an inspirational starting point, participants will be supported to reflect on and share histories, experiences, cultural identities, ideas and beliefs; participants will craft the telling of selected stories that will be captured on film and audio and compiled into a documentary that will become a permanent exhibition at the new Nairn Street Cottage Visitor’s Centre.


This project represents a unique 3-way partnership between:

  • City Housing
  • Wellington Museums Trust
  • Voice Arts Trust

City Housing will promote this unique opportunity and identify participants from within the tenant community.Wellington Museums Trust has provided Nairn Street Cottage as a home base for the project and will exhibit the final film on site at the visitor’s centre. Voice Arts Trust will lead the development of this project and manage the delivery.

Creative Engagement with City Housing CRC’s

CRC4This project running September 2013 – April 2014 is a creative celebration of the 25 City Housing Community Room Coordinators; it will honour the stories that lie behind those people and acknowledge the voluntary work they do; it will further strengthen their identity as a group and enhance their connection to their  tenant communities.  This project is not confined to one artistic medium but will use film, audio, photography and the written word in a complication of creative expression!

Refugee Seniors Project 2013

RefugeeProjectIn partnership with Refugee Trauma Recovery, Voice Arts Trust will deliver a cultural and social wellbeing project for elders* from the Wellington refugee community. While there are several regular development projects offered to young people with refugee backgrounds, little is offered for older people and isolation and marginalisation is very real for many. This project will offer a meeting place for older people to come together and to engage in a creative story-telling process. Their knowledge, their experiences, their voices will be documented, presented to the wider community and ultimately preserved. This programme will help create connections across ethnic communities and create connections between generations in their own cultures.

Cross-Cultural Women’s Project 2013/2014

Voice Arts Trust has been invited by “Wellington Women Work for Peace” to deliver a creative engagement project that will guide, support and empower a group of women from diverse cultural and social backgrounds to create a unique performance piece that speaks to the themes of International Women’s Day: peace and non violence, and that celebrates women. This performance will be premeired at a fund-raising dinner at on March 8th 2014, International Women’s Day. There is also the option of showcasing it to schools and other venues/occasions to support education and advocacy of these themes. This project is in development and workshops will begin in October.

Tenant Workshops July 2013

Continuing our work with City Housing we are delivering a creative engagement workshop with the theme of financial fitness. While the day will see lots of helpful information presented to tenants, our role is to help the group see the wealth of knowledge and understanding that already exists amongst them as a community. Games and exercises will draw out all this  knowledge – transfer it and and celebrate it!

Tenant Summit March 2013

We had a fantastic day at the City Housing Tenant Summit, delivering back to back workshops on sustainable living and how to be a great neighbour. It was wonderful to work with familiar faces and meet a whole lot of new ones!  I think this piece of feedback says it all: ” The tactile nature of the experience will ensure we remember. Thank you.” 

The Good Life Workshop Series 2012

A series of workshops exploring how to live a more sustainable life. With a focus on gardens, health and wellbeing, getting creative and building community. The participants were  city council tenants and we had such a fantastic time together.  We learnt as group, through play, games and sharing.  This project was delivered in partnership with Wellington City Housing.

Rita Angus Retirement Village – Film Project 2012

In partnership with Ryman Healthcare, Voice Arts Trust worked with 10 residents from Rita Angus retirement village over a six month period to create a short film ‘Facing Change.’ The participants chose the performance medium and after much discussion, agreed on a theme and from there went on to devise and perform in the film. It was a wonderful creative journey shared by all involved and culminated in the premiere of the film in front of 200 invited guests. The film was wonderfully received! To watch online click here.

Waves Youth Drama Project 2012

Voice Arts Trust was invited to New Plymouth of work with Waves Youth Health Service and deliver a drama project for their youth support workers. The aim was to explore how Waves had impacted on the lives of these young people and explore the value of the service to the community. The project ran over five weeks and culminated in a very special evening of performance, song and sharing for invited guests.