Creative teens’ chance to shine
Honouring the past is the theme of a Ponsonby exhibition of artwork by South Auckland youth.
Nga Ranagatahi Toa founder and executive director Sarah Longbottom says the exhibition will honour past mentors and youth and ‘‘the contribution they’ve made to our growth’’.
The organisation offers young people who have been excluded from mainstream education one-on-one creative arts mentoring and the chance to be part of collaborative community cultural development projects.
The artworks include paintings, murals, music tracks, photography and film. The exhibition has 15 individual contributors and eight rangatahi that have been working with their mentors.
The artworks will look into the development of the organisation and youth as well as the result of other projects and creative arts programmes since 2010.
These programmes pair marginalised youth with mentors to enable and allow them to reach their potential.
Mentors include various poets, artists and musicians.
While the exhibition has been running for five years, this will be the first to take a reflective look into the development of the organisation.
Sticking with the theme of Matariki, rangatahi will have the chance to show the public where they come from and tell their own stories.
‘‘It feeds your soul seeing kids who are in very vulnerable positions in our society having the bravery to tell their story, own their situation and, like the theme of Matariki, to really carve their own beginning,’’ Longbottom says.
‘‘We really prioritise the public showing of the works because the impact of the kids seeing the audience reaction to their works and engaging with the audience is where true transformation takes place.’’
The exhibition will run until July 16 at Studio One Toi Tu, 1 Ponsonby Rd.