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A chance for talent to come together

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu's creatives get their chance to shine

Published: 28 May 2018
  • One of the initiatives supported by the Māngere Ōtāhuhu Arts was by Māngere-based photographer Vinesh Kumaran, where he has been documenting the business owners in the iconic Māngere Town Centre. PHOTO: Vinesh Kumaran.

  • Photographer Vinesh Kumaran, Mangere Otahuhu Arts Broker Renee Tanner with her son Toby and PIMPI curator Ema Tavola.

Don’t miss your opportunity to rub shoulders with some of Māngere-Ōtāhuhu’s most talented artists and performers at the upcoming May Meet Up.

The event is a collaboration between the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Arts’ Renee Tanner and PIMPI’s Ema Tavola.

Renee says there are so many great exhibitions, performances and projects going on and this event will be the perfect way for community’s creatives to come together, offer encouragement and brainstorm ways to collaborate.

“Some of the recent events which the arts programme has funded include the Mangere Love music event which showcased local talent every Saturday at the Mangere Town Centre, a performing arts workshop series, a theatre production, a women's craft group, an ANZAC day event and a video making workshop,” she says.

“All these projects represent the exceptional local creative talent and the number of opportunities they share with the community.”

May Meet Up a chance to collaborate

Renee reiterates that her role isn’t just about funding projects and the May Meet Up is a prime example of that.

“Mangere Otahuhu Arts is not only about the grants available, but as Art Broker, I’m here to assist local creative individuals, organisations or groups with their various needs as well as putting together events like this.”

Ema Tavola, who runs PIMPI, a social enterprise aimed at providing a platform to advocate, discuss and promote Pacific art and artists, says the May Meet Up will also showcase locals who are turning their talents into business opportunities.

“The May Meet Up is an awesome networking opportunity for artists, entrepreneurs and creative industries stakeholders to meet, share stories and see the products and services which grow from our neighbourhoods.

“It’s important to recognise that creative talent is not only abundant in our communities here in south Auckland but that we haven’t even scratched the surface of how that talent can translate to real economic potential.”

Years of hard work coming to fruition 

Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board Chair Lemauga Lydia Sosene says the board has been keen for some time to see local creatives given more support so it is pleased to see that the arts programme is enabling that to finally happen.

“Our young creatives have struggled in the past to get the recognition they deserve. It is important to have a special focus to support our local emerging artists to allow them to discover their potential.”

Head to the May Meet Up this Thursday 31 May, 6.30pm-9.30pm at the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Arts Centre.

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