Tūtaki mai ki a Claire - Upper Hutt Community Arts Advisor

Claire Kirkup is Upper Hutt City Councils Community Arts Advisor; a role aimed at supporting and networking local visual and performing artists, and cultural groups.

The purpose of this new role is to provide support and encouragement to people and organisations active in the arts and culture sector—empowering you to achieve your objectives and ensuring that arts and culture in our community are supported to thrive.

What does this look like?

An Arts and Culture Directory: a new comprehensive resource of artists and cultural practitioners in Upper Hutt.

Advice and support: Identify gaps and addressing needs in the arts and culture community.

An Art Map: an across-media self-guided Art Map for Upper Hutt.

An annual Upper Hutt Art Trail weekend: highlighting local creative spaces and Artists.

Regular ‘Art Meet-Ups’: networking events, workshops and newsletters to keep in touch.

Outreach Arts: Co-developing accessible hands-on outreach arts activities and events.

Festival and Events: Support to grow local multicultural festivals and/or cultural events.

We need to hear from you!

We want to hear from all Upper Hutt based arts and culture organisations, practitioners, and groups to develop an Arts and Culture Directory; a new comprehensive resource outlining what is happening in Upper Hutt and identifying gaps and needs.

Click here to fill in our Upper Hutt Arts and Culture survey for individuals.

Click here to fill in our Upper Hutt arts and Culture survey for groups here.

Or come in to Reception at Whirinaki for a paper copy.

To be involved, please contact:

Claire Kirkup

Community Arts Advisor, Whirinaki Whare Taonga

claire.kirkup@whirinakiarts.org.nz or 021 265 2407

Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi.

With my basket and your basket, the people will thrive.

Our Education programmes are currently on hold. Encouraging and teaching tamariki the arts is important to what we do and something we very much enjoy. Unfortunately, due to funding cuts from the Ministry of Education, we are currently unable to take any education bookings until the beginning of Term One 2023. In Term One we have an exciting programme aimed at children. If you are interested please email us at info@whirinakiarts.org.nz and we will put your name on a booking enquiry list

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Pumpkin Cottage at Silverstream was the nurturing ground of a nationally significant impressionist movement. Find out more with our Online Education resources.

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There is an open invitation for Early childhood centres to visit the galleries and see the latest exhibitions on display.

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Creative Sessions

Every Wednesday in Term 3 from August 3 | 3.30pm - 5.00pm

A brand-new programme especially for intermediate age students.

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Programmes will be aligned with the national curriculum including key competencies and enquiry learning. The Learning Programmes Specialist will work with you to ensure the visit is tailored to your programme.

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We will work with you to ensure that your visits are aligned with your curriculum subjects and the information on offer is both relevant and informative, supporting the learning in the classroom.

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