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Toi Ora ‘Outsider Art’ Exhibition

Mark your calendars for Toi Ora’s Outsider Art exhibition opening on Tuesday 10 March 2015.

Toi Ora Live Art Trust is a unique shared creative space in the heart of Auckland city where people can find support for their mental health and well-being.  Toi Ora Live Art Trust provides an array of visual arts, writing, music and recording classes and workshops that are tutored by professional practitioners with experience and/or an understanding of the issues surrounding mental health.

Studio space is available for people wishing to work on individual or collaborative projects. A range of art materials and resources are available. Members are able to explore their creative ideas and potential in this supported environment.

If you would like to know more about Toi Ora click here.

If you would like to see our artists and their work click here.

The ‘Outsider Art’ exhibition will feature art from outside the boundaries of official culture. It will run from 10th March to 30 April at Toi Ora Gallery, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn.

Contact: Faye: faye@toiora.org.nz; or Erwin: erwin@toiora.org.nz
Phone: 09 360 4171

Enrolments Open for Toi Ora’s Express Yourself Creative Youth Wellbeing Projects

It’s almost term 4 and recruitment time again for Toi Ora’s Express Yourself Creative Youth Wellbeing projects.

WHAT: An inspirational mix of spoken word, visual arts and music

FOR: 14-16 year olds

VENUE: Glen Innes Family Centre, 122 Elstree Ave, Glen Innes.

WHEN: Thursdays 24 Oct – 18 Dec (9 weeks)

TIME: 3.30- 6pm (3.30 chat and catch up, workshop starts 4pm)

Don’t know Express Yourself yet? Express Yourself is a FREE multi-media arts experience for young people facing challenges in their lives. This exciting and innovative project helps participants to develop new interests and skills, grow in confidence and motivation, strengthen relationships and connections with peers and community, and … well express themself!

Check it out on youtube 

Please take time to pass on this valuable opportunity to colleagues/ services/ young people who would benefit. Fliers, enrolment forms and information sheets are attached.

Transport is not provided so please ensure that registered participants have the necessary support to attend projects.

NB. Toi Ora also has projects in Mt Roskill (age 14-16) and Grey Lynn (17-24).

For further enquires please contact

Amber Walls
Express Yourself Programme Manager
Toi Ora Live Art Trust
6 Putiki St. Grey Lynn. Auckland.
Ph. 3604171 0220 709186

Poetry and Music at Black Salt in New Lynn 7 Feb 2013

Rhythm & Verse

Local poet Ila Selwyn hosts these poetry and music nights. Come and listen to the featured readers, enjoy live music and share a drink with friends. There is always a medley of styles to suit a diversity of tastes in both poetry and music.

  • Date Thurs 7 Feb 
  • Time 7:30 pm  (doors/bar open 7pm)
  • Venue Top Floor, Black Salt Bar & Eatery, Great North Road/Totara Avenue, New Lynn [entrance on door to left of bar], Black Salt Bar and Eatery 10-12 Todd Avenue, New Lynn  [see detailed directions below]
  • Contact: Ila Selwyn (09) 826 0060
  • Fee $5 entry – cash [EFTPOS available on the bar]

This year Rhythm and Verse are kicking off with a great line-up.


Nico Fitzpatrick
Mandy Patmore
Otis Mace


Brigid Barrer, Bryony Jagger, Gus Simonovic, Iva Vemich,

Jenny Clay, Michael Lipschutz, Michael Morrissey, Paul Doesburg,

Penny Somervaille, Ron Riddell, Sarah-Rose Cotter, & Sue Gee

Directions are included below for those who haven’t been to Black Salt.

Two alternative routes to get to Black Salt

1. Drive down Rata St

2. Turn left at Great North Road [do not go through lights to Titirangi Rd]

3. Turn right at next set of lights onto new extension of Clark St

4. Take the next left at the lights onto Totara Ave [go slowly, a small street]

5. Turn left immediately after a small brick building on your left into an entryway into the New Lynn Community Centre and free parking area behind

6. Walk out the exit way across Totara Ave leaving the triangle with Peter Lange’s brick sculptures on your left

7. Walk straight ahead and you will see Black Salt Bar & Eatery on your right

8. Take the stairs on the far side of the bar up to Rhythm & Verse


1. Drive past Lynmall on your left on great North Road.

2. Go through the traffic lights.

3. Enter the free parking area on your left just past MacDonald’s

4. Walk out to Great North Road and turn left past the old brick Police Station.

5. Walk a few metres to black Salt Bar & eatery on your left.

6. Take the stairs up just before the entrance way to the bar.

Express Yourself: Youth Development Creative Arts.

Enrolments are now open for three new Express Yourself Youth Development creative arts courses for youth aged between 13 to18 who are experiencing mental health issues.

Toi Ora Live Art Trust are working together with Art Station and Auckland Council to bridge the gap for Auckland youth who come into contact with mental-health and other support services, with the exploration of creativity as a proven means to enhance youth development, recovery and maintain wellbeing. Participants will have the opportunity to participate, develop and communicate their artistic expression, in a supportive and structured environment.

The pilot programme is FREE.

Photography at Art Station in Term Two on Wednesdays May 2nd to June 6th.

Music at Toi Ora Live Art Trust and Screenprinting at Art Station in Term Three on Wednesdays July 25th to August 29th.  

  •  All courses start 3.45 to 6.15pm. ( This may change to 4pm. if required) and run on Wednesdays for six weeks.
  • Location: Art Station at 1 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby for The photography and screen-printing courses. Toi Ora Live Art Trust at 6 Putiki Street Grey Lynn for the Music course.
  • Contact erwin@toiora.org.nz for more information or call 09 360 4171.

Brave New Design.

  • with Ross Liew from Cut Collective 
  • at Artstation

Design and Print on T-shirts, Posters and more. This class will teach you how to transfer hand drawn or computer generated imagery on to t-shirts, posters etc using the technique of silkscreen printing. Be creative and make a statement with your t-shirts! All materials supplied.

Music Song writing and Recording 

  • at Toi Ora Live Art

A comprehensive and fun course in Music. A chance to explore your creative music style. Develop song writing techniques music composition and then get to record your achievements.

Frame Your World Photography Workshop

  • at Artstation
  • with Tanja Nola

Students will be introduced to the art, science and magic of black and white photography. You will be taking photos with pinhole cameras, making sun pictures and photograms with photographic paper and chemicals, and learning how to use equipment in the darkroom.

You will be encouraged to develop your personal interests, to see the world from your own point of view and to identify the things that are important to you. In this workshop students will discover their own way of making photographic images while learning new techniques and methods.

reTHiNK Possible Worlds Encore 20-21 April 2012

The Literatti and partners present an encore performance of reTHiNK Possible Worlds with the addition of new poets with new worlds and The Time Machine, an interactive moving-image performance installation that you need to see to believe.

“It offers constant glimmers of hope, escape routes and pathways to human dignity.” – Theatre View

reTHiNK Possible Worlds is a multimedia theatre show that weaves together dance, poetry, film, visual art and music to tell the story of several characters as they navigate their way out of madness and rethink their possible worlds.

  • The Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland Central
  • Friday 20 April 8 pm and Saturday 21 April 6 pm.
  • Tickets $10 on the door.

After their sell-out shows in 2011, Theatre review called it “well-padded and full. It was like eating a good meal: not so much that we are sore, not so little that we are still hungry”.

Who are you in the maze of life?

Performance Poetry:

  • A Fighter – Marina Alefosio
  • A Rogue – Sali Namwinga
  • An Adventurer – Michelle Bolton
  • A Maverick – Chris McMurray
  • A Searcher – Miriam Barr
  • A Thinker – Daniel Larsen
  • A Survivor – Simone Kaho
  • A Visionary – Shane Hollands
  • A Seer – Christian Jensen
  • A Rebel – Jai MacDonald
  • A Translator – Maddy King.

The Time Machine by Dan Breton

The Inventors:

John McNab: saxophone, guitar;
Paul Williams: cello, guitar, percussion.

Etched Dance Productions: 
Jess Quaid
Georgia JM Giesen.


‘Kiwi Day Out’ festival offers a celebration of RWC nations

The national identities and cultures of each of the countries in the Rugby World Cup will be celebrated at the ‘Kiwi Day Out’ festival – a free, family day and concert in Auckland Domain on Labour Day.

What: Kiwi Day Out is a free, family day and concert

When: 12-noon – 6pm, Labour Day, 24 October

Where: Auckland Domain

Free Public Entry

Twenty countries will showcase their arts and “cultural flavour” in an International Village. They will be joined by the Office of Ethnic Affairs which is sponsoring the Village.

From Namibia, Georgia and Romania to Argentina, France and South Africa, marquees representing each of the Rugby World Cup participating nations will feature their cultural food, crafts, costume, and performance.

The Director of the Office of Ethnic Affairs, Mervin Singham says the International Village promises a captivating and creative display of ethnic diversity.

“Embracing diversity is in New Zealand’s national interest and celebrating other cultures confirms our strengthening ties within and between our communities, our businesses and our people.”

From 3.30pm – 6pm, the stage will showcase some of the country’s best loved musicians including the iconic Dave Dobbyn; the youthful rocking energy of Feilding heroes, Evermore — along with former Australian Idol winner Stan Walker and family favourites – the Patea Maori Club.


The Office of Ethnic Affairs is a part of the Department of Internal Affairs. Its role is to provide advice and support to government, businesses and ethnic communities about the challenges and opportunities of ethnic diversity.