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Wed 1 Oct 2014, 9:00am

Where: Hightide Cafe, 44 Marine Parade, Paraparaumu, Kapiti Coast

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: programme2

Mental Health Awareness Week is from 6 – 12 October 2014. The theme is “Keep Learning”. This year Te Ara Korowai is celebrating the learning that happens in our art programme and our activities are focused on displaying the artworks from our art group and raising funds for art materials.

“Seeds of Hope”, the first exhibition of the art group at Te Ara Korowai, opens at Hightide Café in Paraparaumu Beach on 1 October 2014 and runs through to 31 October 2014. Te Ara Korowai is a space for wellbeing, creativity, support, and advocacy for people with an experience of mental distress that are living on the Kapiti Coast, and runs an art programme two days a week where emerging artists are supported to learn and experience painting, drawing, mosaics, stone sculpture, papier maché, and other art techniques, and to expand on that work in open studio sessions.

Art created by self-taught artists is called “outsider art” – art from outside the art world. Te Ara Korowai artists follow no formal art training programme and their style comes from their own personal logic, rather than following a particular style.

“Art Brut, or Outsider Art, consists of works produced by people who for various reasons have not been culturally indoctrinated or socially conditioned. They are all kinds of dwellers on the fringes of society. Working outside fine art system (schools, galleries, museums and so on), these people have produced, from the depths of their own personalities and for themselves and no one else, works of outstanding originality in concept, subject and techniques. They are works which owe nothing to tradition or fashion.”
Michel Thevoz, the original curator of the Collection de l'Art Brut in Lausanne

A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of artworks goes to the ongoing costs of providing the programme, with the balance going directly to the artists. Te Ara Korowai receives no government funding for the art programme, and we welcome financial support, donations of art materials, or volunteers with skills in fine or applied arts.