Rural NZ Encouraged to Get Creative
The people of a small Manawatu village have decided that making art is likely to beat talking when it comes to tackling the challenges of rural mental health.
Community leaders in Kimbolton have got together to form an arts trust that will host a national rural sculpture competition in April 2018.
Kimbolton Arts and Sculpture trust chair, Tony Waugh, says his group is calling for entries to the New Zealand Rural Sculpture Awards.
“We are looking to provide an incentive for anyone who works land or has something to say about the NZ landscape to leave their worries about making ends meet behind and engage with bigger ideas.”
Mr Waugh says northern Manawatu villages will work together to create an annual festival that will showcase the sculpture competition.
“We want to be a more engaged, creative community and so we are starting with ourselves – getting together with neighbours to make something happen. The next layer is to be a catalyst to encourage others to make sculpture and art.
We know there are a lot of talented people in the regions. We hope that by giving them support and encouragement it will become more normal for rural people to describe themselves as creatives – artists, sculptors, musicians and poets.”
Waugh says research shows self expressed creativity is one of the most powerful sources of human happiness. “It seems to us that providing a platform for creativity is a positive alternative to being focused on problems”.
For further information contact Paula Allen, trustee Kimbolton Rural Arts & Sculpture Trust. Ph 0272464000, 062800664, firstname.lastname@example.org