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Festival wananga to help artists

A series of free wananga and workshops that aim to support digital capability and tools for artists in Te Tairawhiti is to be launched by Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival next month.

The arts festival launches the initiative, Te Ara i Te Matihiko Toi, from July 3.

These wananga are for practising artists to build their existing tools and help demystify some of the more arduous processes within the creative industries, says Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival’s chief executive and artistic director Tama Waipara.

The first wananga on July 3 and July 4 will focus on funding strategies, preparing grant applications, social media marketing, branding and building business cases.

“This is an opportunity for artists to share korero and space with different speakers and practitioners from across our arts sector with the aim of picking up some useful tools and paths for their own practice,” says Mr Waipara.

“With a host of guest presenters and break-out workshops, we hope the wananga will provide an open forum for discussion and sharing.”

Facilitated by haka and reo Maori specialist Ruth Smith, guest speakers over the two days include:

• Kereama Te Ua, arts practice director for Maori, Creative New Zealand

• Tamahou Temara, general manager, Toi Maori Aotearoa

• Ngapera Riley, chief executive, Figure.nz

• Eloise Wallace, director, Tairawhiti Museum

• Isaac Hughes, chartered accountant

• Chevron Hassett, visual artist

• Kaaterina Kerekere, contemporary artist and Maori design consultant

• Nikau Hindin, contemporary artist and manu aute practitioner.

Further speakers will be announced. Space is limited so people are urged to register early.

Registrations are open online now at Te Ara i Te Matihiko Toi.

Tama Waipara