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New Poetry Book Charts Trauma Recovery Journey

Engage Aotearoa’s service director can most often be found sharing other people’s recovery stories and experiences. But in her spare time she is a poet, and writing under her maiden name, Miriam Barr, she recently had her first major collection of poetry published by Steele Roberts Aotearoa, one of New Zealand’s leading publishers of home-grown poetry.

Bullet-hole-riddle-FRONTcoverThe book features cover art by Elke Finkenauer and interior art from Andrew Blythe‘s untitled ‘No’ series. The back-cover reads, “Bullet Hole Riddle is a three-part narrative sequence charting one person’s journey to make sense of an unwanted history. Framing personal experience as a series of collective acts, Miriam Barr’s first major collection of poetry tells a story about the human psyche and the spaces between us.”

Those familiar with Engage Aotearoa will know what Miriam means when she comments on the Engage Facebook page, “I guess this [Bullet Hole Riddle] is kinda like my Butterfly Diaries story in a way. In poetry form.”

An Auckland Women’s Centre article by Sabrina Muck goes on to say, “Tied into the overall message of the book, it is worth noting its dedication, which tells us this is for the untold stories. Speaking with Miriam in the week following the announcement of the Roastbusters outcome, she felt this was particularly relevant in light of the young women’s experiences in that case, and the voices of too many survivors which continue to go unheard. Steele Roberts is to be commended for supporting this book on its journey and bringing Miriam’s voice into the public sphere.”

The CMHRT Board of Trustees and the volunteer team at Engage Aotearoa would like to congratulate Miriam for her poetic achievement and wish her all the best for Bullet Hole Riddle’s journey into the world.

Bullet Hole Riddle can be ordered online at www.steeleroberts.co.nz or from your local bookseller. Copies are available to borrow at Auckland City Libraries and the Auckland Women’s Centre Library. Check out reader reviews and share your own at GoodReads.com. Find out more about the book at www.miriambarr.com/bulletholeriddle.

Great Big List of Events from Toi Ora

Toi Ora celebrates 2014 Mental Health Awareness Week
with workshops, exhibitions, and a concert!

  1. Printmaking Workshop, Toi Ora, Monday 6 October
  2. Creative Writing Workshop, Toi Ora, Monday 6 October
  3. IMAGINE exhibition opening, Toi Ora, 7-19 October
  4. Toi Ora October Gig, Ponsonby Baptist Church, Friday 10 October
  5. Corban Estate Arts Centre events: Let’s Talk About It, Thursday 9 October; Singular Visions exhibition, 8-12 October

Plus….

  • Express Yourself enrollments for Term 4
  • Inaugural Outsider Art Fair, Britomart, 21-23 November

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Printmaking Workshop
Monday 6 October, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Toi Ora Live Art Trust, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn

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Creative Writing and Spoken Word Workshop
Monday 6 October, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Toi Ora Live Art Trust, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn
For further information and to book phone Toi Ora on 09 360 4171 or email info@toiora.org.nz.

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The Toi Ora Artists Collective proudly present IMAGINE.
These artists provide a unique framework that brings together a range eclectic imagery informed by life experience and translated into personal narrative through art. The artists use a range of media including painting, ceramics, photography, mixed media, creative writing and printmaking. The works are all connected through the strength of their individual experience and stories.  The collective are: Andrew Blythe, Helen Cross, Nikki Dixon, Matthew Farquhar, David Grierson, Tricia Hall, Juliet Jackson, Yolande Joe, James King, Toby King, Christine Mansford, Richard McConnochie, Paul Noffke, Maryann Savage, Joshua Kama Szabo, Bryan Slight, Patrick Te Ariki, Anita Whosoever, Louise Williams.
Toi Ora Gallery welcomes you to the opening on Tuesday 7 October 2014 at 5:30pm.

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The Annual Toi Ora October Gig
Friday 10 October from 7:00pm til late
Ponsonby Baptist Church, 43 Jervois Road, Ponsonby
This year’s line up includes: AJ Bell Band, Ruia Aperahama, Sergio Arellano, Gareth Edwards, Johnny Matteson Band, Jordan Rendell, Sam Yockney, Miller Christensen Yule.

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At Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson: Let’s Talk About It

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Express Yourself

The Term 4 Express Yourself youth arts programme is kicking off on the 17th of October and enrolments are open now.

Visit Toi Ora for more information, email xy@toiora.org.nz or phone (09) 360 4171.

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Inaugural Outsider Art Fair
Nathan Club, Britomart
21-23 November 2014
www.outsiderartfair.co.nz

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TOI ORA LIVE ART TRUST

6 Putiki Street
Grey Lynn
AUCKLAND 1021

Toi Ora: Andrew Blythe Exhibition

In association with Tim Melville Gallery, Andrew Blythe’s 2014 solo exhibition will be showing for the month of May at Toi Ora Gallery.

As the 2012 Attitude Artistic Achievement Award winner, Andrew has helped pave the way for outsider artists to be seen as part of the contemporary art world. He is a prolific artist whose work speaks of the process of art making and the visual communication of ideas and emotions.

Andrew’s work resides in local and international art collections, including the Auckland Art Gallery, the James Wallace Arts Trust, and the Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry in Miami, USA. Exhibiting his work over the last ten years, Andrew commands a vibrant and original perspective on contemporary art. He is currently one of the artists in residence at Toi Ora.

Toi Ora Gallery welcomes to the preview from 6pm-8pm on Thursday 1 May.

Contact:

Erwin van Asbeck
Managing Director
Toi Ora Live Art Trust
6 Putiki St. Grey Lynn.
Auckland.

Ph. 3604171
021 1419555
www.toiora.org.nz
www.facebook.com/toiora

Andrew Blythe Radio Interview 11 Dec 2012

Toi Ora Live Arts Trust demonstrates the power of creativity for mental health recovery, and culminated 2012 with long time Toi Ora artist Andrew Blythe winning the Attitude Artistic Achievement Award this month. Hear from Andrew and others about the power of creativity on Take It From Us on Tuesday 11 December at 12:30.

Listen live on 104.6FM at 12.30pm every Tuesday or online www.planetaudio.org.nz

OR if you missed the broadcast, listen for the next seven days @: www.planetaudio.org.nz/takeitfromus

Catch up on the last four shows online: www.likeminds.org.nz

And don’t forget our new Facebook page @ Facebook.com and type take it from us in the search box;

email takeitfromus@mail.com for any feedback and comment/suggestions for shows.

AttitudeTV Awards Promote Contributions made by New Zealanders Living with Disability

http://artsaccess.org.nz/andrew-blythe-wins-attitude-artistic-achievement-award

Andrew Blythe wins AttitudeTV Artistic Achievement Award.

Auckland artist Andrew Blythe has won the Attitude Artistic Achievement Award 2012, announced last night at a black tie gala evening at Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre.

Since 2000, Andrew’s passion for painting has been supported by Toi Ora Live Art Trust, a creative space (community arts centre) in Grey Lynn, Auckland. Toi Ora provides studio space and tuition for people who have experienced mental illness.

“We were thrilled that Andrew won this award,” says Erwin van Asbeck, Director, Toi Ora Live Art Trust. “This caps off an amazing year where he’s had a lot of national and international exposure. Now, we’re looking forward to Andrew’s next show at the Tim Melville Gallery in the first half of 2013.”

In July, Andrew was highly commended in Arts Access Aotearoa’s Big ‘A’ Artistic Achievement Award 2012. Through his art and with the support of Toi Ora, Andrew has found a way to keep well. His art is a full-time job and he has been exhibiting his works over the past nine years in numerous group shows, as well as two solo shows in at Satellite Gallery and at the Tim Melville Gallery, both in Auckland.

He was also one of the artists with work in Arts Access Aotearoa’s “Original Voices” exhibition, on at the Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures in Porirua, in September. With Stuart Shepherd, his paintings have been shown in Paris, at the New York Outsider Art Fair, and at the MADmusée in Liège, Belgium in August and September this year. Most recently, his work featured at the Darren Knight Gallery in Sydney.

http://artsaccess.org.nz/whats-new/sensational-art-by-new-zealand-artists-in-belgium-gallery

Stuart says “His work is extremely consistent and assured, and he seems to have an intuitive radar that guides his composition. Andrew contributes to the international language of abstraction.” Erwin says that Andrew’s work has developed hugely since he’s been coming to Toi Ora. “His wellness has also flourished to the point where he is living independently.”

Other Attitude Award recipients are Erin Gough (Youth Award), Neelusha Memon (Courage in Sport), Adam Hall (Sport Performer),  Sir Murray Halberg (Hall of Fame Inductee), Invacare (Attitude ACC Employer Award) and Nola Burgess, who won the Attitude Making a Difference Award. Sharon Davies won the Spirit of Attitude Award and Attitude ACC Supreme Award, heading off strong competition from more than 20 other national finalists.

The Attitude Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of New Zealanders living with a disability and have grown out of the Attitude TV series, which screens on TV ONE on Sunday mornings. “The prime objective of the Attitude Awards is to create more awareness and consideration of the contributions made by New Zealanders living with disability,” Robyn says.

ACC is proud to be principal sponsor of the Awards. Ralph Stewart, ACC Chief Executive, says: “The recipients of this year’s Attitude Awards have pursued life with a positive attitude, strength and determination. They demonstrate that with ambition and the right support it’s possible for anyone to achieve their goals, regardless of the obstacles they face along the way.”

Full list of winners and locations:

Attitude ACC Supreme Award and Spirit of Attitude Award

  • Sharon Davies;  Swanson, Auckland

Attitude Hall of Fame Inductee

  • Sir Murray Halberg; Auckland

Attitude Sports Performer Award

  • Adam Hall; Wanaka

Attitude Courage in Sport Award

  • Neelusha Memon; Wellington

Attitude ACC Employer Award

  • Invacare;  Mt Wellington, Auckland

Attitude Youth Award

  • Erin Gough; Christchurch

Attitude Artistic Achievement Award

  • Andrew Blythe; Sandringham, Auckland

Attitude Making a Difference Award

  • Nola Burgess; Gisborne

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For more information contact:

Helen Johnson, Project Manager- The Attitude Awards

Andrew Blythe Exhibits at Tim Melville Gallery 19 June – 7 July 2012

In his first solo exhibition at Tim Melville Gallery  Andrew Blythe presents works on paper made between 2003 and 2012.

Blythe’s ability to ‘bring line to life’ gives his paintings a unique rhythm and energy, their combinations of short repeated words and drifts of gestural marks leading the eye in search of visual patterns and systems. The artist himself has described his work as being about “energy flows and rhythms”, that he strives to “achieve harmony”, and that he wants his painting to be “pure, with no interference”.

A turbulent adolescence in the 1970’s saw Blythe in and out of hospital as well as occasionally living rough on the streets of Auckland. During this time he painted, drew and wrote poetry as a cathartic expression of his experience. Today he is supported by the Toi Ora Live Art Trust, a community arts centre providing studio space and tuition for people who have experienced mental illness.

Since his first solo show in 2008 Andrew Blythe’s national and international recognition has grown. A Paris show in 2009 was followed by a presentation at the New York Outsider Art Fair in 2011.

His work can currently be seen in “Local Knowledge” at the MADMusée in Liege, Belgium.

Art Events Update from Toi Ora

1.    “Mental Notes” Premiere at World Cinema Showcase – Saturday 31 March 2012 at 6:00pm

“Mental Notes” is a feature-length documentary from award-winning filmmaker Jim Marbrook which weaves together testimonials of five survivors from the “very bad old days of mental health care in New Zealand”.  One of those interviewed is Toi Ora alumnus and “Blue Messiah” author Peter Finlay. “Mental Notes” premiere screening on Saturday 31 March at 6pm at Rialto Newmarket, Auckland.  “Mental Notes” at World Cinema Showcase – http://worldcinemashowcase.co.nz/mentalnotes.html. “Mental Notes” trailer – http://vimeo.com/38674385

2.    “Recent Work” by Life Drawers of Toi Ora – Thursday 5 April to Friday 4 May 2012

Toi Ora’s Thursday morning class of Face & Figure Drawing, tutored by Shannon McKewen, is a bit of an institution.  Now you get to see why with a selection of this class’s Summer term output on display in our gallery.

Opening night is on Thursday 5 April, 4pm onward at Toi Ora Gallery, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn.

END OF TERM SPECIAL:  Opening night will also see the return of Toi Ora’s legendary end-of-term soirees so brace yourself for music from our house band, the inimitable Toi Ora Express, and nibbles and drinks to celebrate.

3.    Toi Ora feature in “Open Door” on TV3 – Saturday 7 April 2012 at 10:25am

Morningside Productions’ “Open Door” series turns its attention to Toi Ora – “a unique creative space in the heart of Auckland city for adults who have experienced mental illness”.  In this episode, the show meets some of the artists who have been helped to realise their artistic potential in an environment where the mental health ‘label’ is put aside.

Toi Ora “Open Door” episode screens on TV3 on Saturday 7 April at 10:25am.

4.    Extra Gentle Reminders

a.    FINAL DAYS!  MUST SEE!  Richard McConnochie and Chris Leavins’ “Paintings” exhibition at Toi Ora Gallery, Grey Lynn extended until Tuesday 3 April 2012.

a.    “What’s On Your Plate?” group exhibition with James King at Papakura Art Gallery, Papakura until Saturday 7 April 2012.

b.    Andrew Blythe “New Works” exhibition at Corban Estate Art Centre, Henderson until Sunday 15 April 2012.

5 Upcoming Art Exhibitions

Summer may officially be over but we have some INDIAN SUMMER dates for your art diary.

1.  Andrew Blythe and James King in “Creative Species” at ROAR! Gallery, Wellington – Thursday 1 March to Thursday 31 March 2012

Andrew Blythe and James King fly Toi Ora’s colours in this group exhibition of vibrant, fresh and exciting art being made in creative spaces around Aotearoa.

Opening night is tonight, 5:30pm-7:00pm at ROAR! Gallery, Corner of Vivian and Victoria Streets, Wellington – www.pablosart.org.nz.

2. James King in “What’s On Your Plate?” at Papakura Art Gallery, Papakura – Saturday 3 March to Saturday 7 April 2012

A group exhibition where James King joins Amy Mackinnon, Eileen Leung, Fuyuko Akiyoshi, Matthew Crookes, Richard Orjis and other artists as they explore the idea of a plate as a metaphor for the act of sharing. What’s On Your Plate? will run alongside another group exhibition, Colour of Distance.  The curators of What’s On Your Plate? are ReThink Grant recipients.

Both exhibitions will open on Saturday 3 March at 10:30am, at Papakura Art Gallery, 10 Averill Street, Papakura.

PAPAKURA BONUS:  Toi Ora Express to perform at Papakura Art Gallery – Thursday 8 March 2012

You read it here first:  our in-house band, Toi Ora Express, will be performing at the Papakura Art Gallery on Thursday 8 March from 12:30pm to 1:15pm.  This performance is in conjunction with the What’s On Your Plate? exhibition.

The Express is an eclectic collective of singers and musicians that meet weekly at Toi Ora to play together and support each other.  This free performance includes a range of acoustically-driven rock, country and folk music certain to add a smile to your day.

3. Andrew Blythe solo exhibition “New Works” at Corban Estate Art Centre, Henderson – Friday 9 March to Sunday 15 April 2012

New Works sees Andrew Blythe use his brush as a means of communication, using marks, words and colours as an expressive language. New Works will run alongside solo exhibitions by Arie Hellendoorn and Shelley SimpsonRicha.

The solo exhibitions will have a joint opening on Thursday 8 March at 6:00pm, at Corban Estate Arts Centre, 426 Great North Road, Henderson.

4. Richard McConnochie and Chris Leavins showcase in “Paintings” at Toi Ora Art Gallery, Grey Lynn – Tuesday 13 March to Friday 30 March 2012

Paintings sees Toi Ora painters Richard McConnochie and Chris Leavins showcase their works.

Opens on Tuesday 13 March at 5:00pm, at Toi Ora Art Gallery, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn.

5.  Andrew Blythe solo exhibition “Recent Work” at Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney – Saturday 3 March to Saturday 31 March 2012

Andrew Blythe’s work travels across the Tasman where his works’ sense of landscape leave an impression on the intellect rather than the eyes.  Recent Work is presented in association with Tim Melville Gallery – www.timmelville.com.

Opens on Saturday 3 March at 4:00pm, at Darren Knight Gallery, 840 Elizabeth Street, Waterloo NSW 2017, Sydney, Australia – www.darrenknightgallery.com.