Emerging artists get a boost
Three leading contemporary Pacific artists trained students from the Porirua basin in a series of art workshops last week.
The Fresh Horizons programme involved secondary school artists who were invited to three-day intensive artmaking workshop with a leading artist, fashion designer or actor.
Run by Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust, Fresh Horizons helped students explore new ways of making artworks, while encouraging them to go on to tertiary study, co- ordinator Nancy Brunning said.
‘‘The workshops provide a wonderful opportunity for students and others to interact with renowned artists and for the kids to see possible futures,’’ she said.
The workshops were led by multimedia artist Niki Hastings- McFall, fashion designer Lindah Lepou, and actor, director and producer Fiona Truelove.
Hastings- McFall is a part- Samoan, part-English Auckland resident who has exhibited work worldwide.
Samoan-raised Lindah Lepou won the premiere award for Villa Maria Cult Couture 2009, and had her traditionally inspired designs in Miss World 2005-2006 and Miss Universe 2006-2007.
Toi Whakaari graduate Fiona Truelove, of Tongan Palagi descent, has worked in television, radio and theatre, as an actor, director, producer, writer and teacher.
The workshops finished with a presentation of students’ work on Friday at Massey University’s Te Ara Hihiko Building.
Broadening horizons: Fashion designer Lindah Lepou, right, offers tips to Porirua College students Blossom Turua, left, and Rihana Rehen.