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.

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.

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.

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!”

Rita Angus Short Film Project 2012

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.