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Artist Development Hui 2023!

Mission: Provide the space and opportunities women need to explore their artistic talent, engage in creative processes, access high-quality arts and artists, and support them to create healthy, happy homes.

Every year Home Ground runs an Artist Development Hui to strengthen our creative practice. We come together as a community in support of creative resistance and social transformation.

In 2023, we decided to focus on the women who have previously finished a Home Ground project, inviting them to explore and extend their creative practice, re-connect to our amazing practicing Artists and see what crazy collective dreams we can manifest!

Home ground has taken up an arts residency at Newtown Park Apartments, thanks to Wellington City Council. This meant we were able to easily deliver a programme, in our community, for our community. Newtown Park is a beautiful thriving hub, surrounded by green space. We feel lucky to have a Home Ground headquarters!

We used this opportunity to test out different ways to respond creatively. Using meditation, movement and hearty discussions to inspire us. A huge thanks to our talented artists who shared their incredible mahi with us. Fran Kewene, Sacha Copland, Melanie Tangaere Baldwin and Michelle Hinekura Kerr. We responded to their kōrero with mixed-media creations, the magic of this exchange was felt!

We provided online access through Google Classroom, this meant that we had women participating from Tāmaki Makaurau! Te Tairāwhiti! Manawatū! We even had some awesome keen artists drop in on work breaks to listen to our conversations on arts and hauora, the reality of being an artist, and how to move like water.

Home Ground continues to prioritise working with Artists who support women to advocate for themselves, have access to the arts and create social change. Collaboratively we can work together to amplify the voices of wāhine affected by the justice system.

We had an amazing final day at Home Ground for our 3-day Hui! Engaging discussions, valuable insights, and inspiring stories from our Creative Queen and Arts Access Aotearoa Fellowship holder, Roseanne. Roseanne led us in a creative writing workshop, then we unpacked, discussed opportunities and dreamed big.

This project has been generously supported by The Grace Memorial Trust, and Arts Access Aotearoa.

The Grace Memorial Trust was established by the late Diana Unwin in 1992 and the Trust’s giving has mainly been focused on anti-violence, social justice and peace initiatives.

Also - we provide awesome kai on our projects (if we do say so ourselves..) and were wonderfully supported by the talented team at Good Boy Sammies! Love your work... YUM.

We're motivated to embark on new ventures and create positive change. Join us on this journey! Keep an eye on our social media for updates, or check out our calendar to see upcoming projects.


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