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

OPENING PRESENTATIONS - Come and hear a bit about The Open Studios Project artists in residence for summer 2017-2018. We will hold pecha-kucha style presentations by the artists, followed by light refreshments and a chance to mingle.

Held in the Eric Bridgman Studio at The Arts Village
5.30pm Wednesday 20th December

Free Entry


THE OPEN STUDIOS PROJECT

FREE WORKSHOPS


STEAMPUNK CHRISTMAS STOCKING 

WITH CONNIE TAKARANGI

WEDNESDAY 20TH DECEMBER 10AM-1PM

A pre-cut and half sewn Christmas stocking will be provided for each participant. I will give an introduction to the workshop, go through the 'Sew Jam jar' kit  and then a short demonstration of how you can add steampunk elements to the stocking with hand sewing, then let your imagination run wild.

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 an opportunity for participants to explore their inner Creative selves.

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


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


MORE WORKSHOPS TO COME SOON