Our Studio comprises a group of artists with intellectual disabilities based at the IDEA Services facility in Rangiora. (IDEA Services encompass; empowerment, inclusion, responsiveness and support)
It originated in Christchurch with a group called Your Studio at The Art CentreTe Matatiki Toi Ora, forced to close after the 2011 quakes. Their arts tutor, Victoria Bennett, moved to Rangiora and established classes at the Te Roopu Taurima Trust facility with art classes drawn from Te Roopu and IHC New Zealand which currently host Bennett and her students.
Our Studio artists have held a number of successful exhibitions at Art on the Quay and Rangiora Chamber Gallery since 2012 with the assistance of Creative Communities Waimakariri and have achieved success nationally in the annual Art Awards IHC New Zealand. The emphasis is on channelling the artists’ creative abilities, with minimal input from the tutor, through a mixture of individual and class projects in drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D, pastel and collage. This year’s exhibition opens on Thursday June 3 at 5.30pm.
Our Studio Art
Art on the Quay, 176 Williams Street, Kaiapoi
- Cameron Pearce,Dog, 2021, acrylic on board