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.


The Good Life November 2012

In partnership with Wellington City Council we are delivering a series of workshops for council tenants exploring themes of sustainability, gardens, food and community.  In true Voice Arts style, the workshops will encourage learning through play, theatre games and exercises, and encourage sharing and a discovery of ourselves through others.

Facing Change Premiere

There was no red carpet, but there was plenty to celebrate at the premiere screening of ‘Facing Change,’ a moving 11 minute short film, created by our participants and exploring the transition into a retirement facility.  Participants, their friends and family, along with residents, staff and management of Rita Angus and Ryman Healthcare enjoyed speeches, wine and food and a wonderful film.  It was a very special evening. To watch online click here.

Filming Begins at Rita Angus

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!”

‘Inspired By’ Heads to Te Papa

Our film, ‘Inspired By’ is to become a permanent part of Te Papa’s exhibition ‘The Mixing Room.’  This is a wonderful achievement for our participants and truly honours their creative work.  We are so thrilled more people will get an opportunity to view this film!

National Youth Diversity Forum

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.

Expanding our Reach

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.