Emerg­ing artists get a boost

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

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.

Photo: TALIA CARLISLE

Broad­en­ing hori­zons: Fash­ion de­signer Lin­dah Le­pou, right, of­fers tips to Porirua Col­lege stu­dents Blos­som Tu­rua, left, and Ri­hana Re­hen.

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