Woven: The Exhibition
“A strong arts and cultural sector is not a ‘nice to have’. It is a fundamental part of a modern, creative, high-wage economy.”
-Jacinda Ardern, August 7, 2014 | Author: David Hawkins
Depot Artspace is home to the largest and longest running PACE (Pathways to Arts and Cultural Employment) programme in Aotearoa, which provides support and guidance to artists in their professional development. Now named ArtsLab the programme continues to work alongside more than 130 creatives a year, supporting their career development and employment objectives. In 2018, Depot Artspace will celebrate its 17th year of ArtsLab.
PACE once operated successfully across the country, from Whangarei to Dunedin, with a diversity of programmes which responded to both community and creative demographics, and to artists and their career goals. The development of PACE followed a commitment in Labour’s Uniquely New Zealand manifesto to better support developing artists who demonstrated ability and an intent to follow an arts-based career. Arts advocates say PACE filled a hole in their industry by offering concrete business skills to people trying to move from training towards making a living.
Because of its proven value PACE is part of the new Government’s Arts and Culture policy and we are hopeful it will be officially reintroduced to other city centres throughout the country in the near future.
The Harakeke Project
Throughout 2018 Depot Artspace will be organising a series of showcases to celebrate the work of Artslab artists and creatives past and present, highlighting the significance of a programme which promotes, supports and strengthens the creative sector.
This series will be part of The Harakeke Project. Harakeke, or flax, is our indigenous, omnipresent and most versatile plant species and symbolises both the source and strength of an initiative when its elements are woven together.
"Weaving is more than just a product of manual skills. From the simple rourou food basket to the prestigious kahu kiwi [kiwi feather cloak], weaving is endowed with the very essence of the spiritual values; the artist is a vehicle through whom the gods create".
- Erenora Puketapu-Hetet 1989
The Harakeke Project weaves together the creative disciplines and those who practise them to form a strong and sustainable creative environment.
Woven: The Exhibition
Woven:The Exhibition is the first ArtsLab initiative to feature as part of the Harakeke Project. It showcases the work of ArtsLab creatives both past and present, as exhibitors, performers and as part of the promotional team. Together they represent the diverse disciplines and their value to Aotearoa, our turangawaewae, our identity and the economy.
In Woven:The Exhibition ArtsLab also celebrates its part in providing the practical support and guidance to its programme participants that strengthens a sustainable career path.
Woven:The Exhibition officially opens with a special event on Saturday 10 February 2018, 5:00pm – 7:00pm featuring live music, performances, installation and much more!