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The Open Studios Project 2017/2018

The Open Studios Project is a Summer artist residency programme run by The Arts Village in Rotorua. The residency has been delivered since 2011 and focuses on providing artists with studio space, materials and a broad brief for projects that engage the community and extend on their arts practice. 

 The aims of the project are:

  • To enliven and enhance our community through engagement with the arts
  • To connect artists to their audiences
  • To provide an environment for artists and arts practitioners to fulfil their potential by having the time, space, and means to experiment and to be innovative
  • To support and further the development of artist’s creative practices

The project will this year award residencies to three artists who will share a studio as their own working space over the six week time period from mid-December 2017 to January 2018 .  They will each receive a materials grant and a stipend to support their living costs during the six weeks.

The expectations of each artist will be:

  • To give a pecha-kucha style presentation at the start of the residency covering their arts practice and intentions for the residency.
  • To work on their own arts practice during the six weeks in an allocated work space in a shared studio (Studio Two) at The Arts Village.
  • To carry out at least 2 public talks during the six week period (this may include the opening pecha-kucha talk).
  • To each carry out a minimum of 10 hours of free workshops for the public to participate in either to teach an artistic skill/creative approach or contribute to the creation of a community artwork.
  • To present a final showcase in the closing week of the residency open to the public which could include: a talk/presentation/works/performance. This will depend on the individual artist and how this suits their practice

INTRODUCING THE ARTISTS FOR THE 2017/2018 OPEN STUDIOS PROJECT

EVENTS


THE OPEN STUDIOS PROJECT

FREE WORKSHOPS AND DEMONSTRATIONS


CREATIVE CUFFS

WITH CONNIE TAKARANGI

FRIDAY 22ND DECEMBER 10AM-1PM

I will give a short demonstration of how you can repurpose a shirt, by deconstructing the components and using them in different ways. For this workshop we will be taking the cuffs off the shirt and then using the cuff to make into cuff bracelets. Hand sewing on buttons, beads, other embellishments. I will also have some cuffs prepared for those who are new to sewing skills.

I will then go round the group and assist where necessary. Some participants may never have sewn before and will need more guidance, others may want help with ideas.

It is a great time to share a passion, curiosity or wanting to learn something new within a group

Age range: 12 years +

Skill Level: Some sewing skills/knowledge beneficial but not essential. 

Bookings essential, numbers limited. To book click here or call 07 348 9008


MAKE DO AND MEND

WITH CONNIE TAKARANGI

MONDAY 8TH JANUARY 10AM-1PM

The Make Do and Mend workshop does not require specific sewing skills, as it is more about learning a skill such as sewing on a button, mending a hole in a garment. And also learning how to use or alter things you already have, rather than throw them away. Some examples would be, to sew different coloured buttons on a garment, to embellish the cuffs of a jacket, create a brooch from remnants,  buttons and beads, darning and mending with flair.

Note: Participants are encouraged to bring in 1 or 2 garments that they want to learn how to mend or re-make.

Age range: 12 years +

Bookings essential, numbers limited. To book click here or call 07 348 9008


DIGITAL STORYTELLING

WITH CLAUDIA LATISNERE

THURSDAY 11TH JANUARY, 10AM TO 1.30PM

TUESDAY 16TH JANUARY, 10AM TO 1.30PM

THURSDAY 18TH JANUARY, 10AM TO 1PM

Participants must attend all three days. The aim of the workshop is to produce a digital storytelling piece using a collage technique. Participants must come prepared with a personal written story and they have two themes to pick from: "home" and "a special gift" The stories should be not more than 250 words.

Age Range: 8 years +

Bookings essential, numbers limited. To book click here or call 07 348 9008


ACTING 101

WITH CIAN ELYSE WHITE

WEDNESDAY 10TH JANUARY 2PM-4PM

Intro to acting for the stage and screen with Cian Elyse White. 
Cian is an experienced stage and screen actress having graduated from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama school. Come along to this kōrero where Cian will talk about her experience with acting and some of the key basics of acting 101.

Booking not required.


EVENING CREATIVE WORKSHOP

WITH CONNIE TAKARANGI

WEDNESDAY 17TH JANUARY 6PM-8PM

Come along to this mixed evening workshop, there will be some steampunk stockings, creative cuffs, and other small creative projects to work on, as well as an opportunity to bring in a piece of your own and learn how to mend, repurpose, or embellish it .

Materials provided, but if you would like to bring in a piece of your own to mend or alter, you are welcome to do so.

Age range: 12 years +

Bookings essential, numbers limited. To book click here or call 07 348 9008


INTRODUCTION TO SCRIPT ANALYSIS

WITH CIAN ELYSE WHITE

WEDNESDAY 17TH JANUARY 5.30PM-7PM

A follow on from Acting 101- this one hour class will look into the basics of script analysis and basic tools the actor can draw on when approaching script based work. Cian is an experienced stage and screen actress having graduated from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama school.

Bookings essential, numbers limited. To book click here or call 07 348 9008


CIRCLE OF SEW

WITH CONNIE TAKARANGI

SATURDAY 20TH JANUARY 10AM-12PM

Bring your sewing (or otherwise crafty) projects along for a couple of hours of chat and sewing in the studio with resident artist Connie Takarangi. 
All welcome, free (but bring your own project with you). We will have tea and biscuits but encourage you to grab a cuppa and something delicious from the Arts Village Cafe to bring with you.
Talk, chat and friendship encouraged
Bookings not required


SCRIPT WRITING WORKSHOP

WITH CIAN ELYSE WHITE

TUESDAY 23RD JANUARY 10AM-2PM

A 4 hour workshop focused on script writing.  Cian is an experienced stage and screen actress having graduated from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama school.

Bookings essential, numbers limited. To book click here or call 07 348 9008