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Free Holiday Workshops For Pacific Students

October 5, 2011

EIT is to host three days of painting, fashion design, music and creative writing workshops for senior secondary school students with a Pacific heritage.

The four Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust artists tutoring the free Tautai Fresh Horizons workshops being held on campus from 12-14 October are:-

. Matthew Salapu Faiumu aka Anyonmouz, a Samoan artist and multi-talented musician who has been involved in the New Zealand music industry for over a decade. New Zealand-born Matthew has led the Auckland Philharmonic REMIX programme at the Otara Music Arts Centre since its inception in 2008.

. Lindah Lepou, a fashion designer of Samoan and European descent who won the Bridal and Totally Inspiring sections and was the Supreme Award winner in 2005’s Westfield Style Pasifika. Lindah’s work also embraces theatre, dance and live performance.

. Printmaker Nathan Suniula, who uses Samoan fine mats (toga) to explore his childhood memories of American Samoa. Nathan graduated with a Master of Arts in 2006 and is a full-time lecturer at the Manukau School of Visual Arts.

. Samoan-Scottish playwright Victor Rodger was the University of Canterbury’s first Pacific writer-in-residence. Themes of race relations and identity inspire most of work. Since 2000, his “bread and butter” job has been as a storyliner and now dialogue writer for Shortland Street.

Students will choose one area to work in for the three days – painting, fashion design, music performance or creative writing. Their work will be displayed and performed at the EIT School of Arts & Design on the afternoon of Friday, 14 October.

EIT is keen to enrol students in relevant programmes that will build on their talents and interests.

Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust is a non-profit organisation established in the 1980s and funded by Creative New Zealand and ASB Community Arts Trust to mentor and support contemporary Pacific art and artists.

This will be the first time Tautai has held Fresh Horizons workshops in Hawke’s Bay and the limited places are filling up fast.

For further information, contact Raewyn Paterson or Maryanne Marsters at EIT, ph (06) 974 8000 ext 6064.