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Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust

Focus area: Community Support
Photo Credit: Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust
Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust

Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust exists to reinforce the mana of contemporary Pacific art, to guide new and established Pacific artists, and to promote contemporary Pacific art both nationally and globally.

Tautai is dedicated to the mentoring and ongoing support of Pacific artists, be they Pacific secondary and tertiary students or emerging and established Pacific artists in the Auckland region, so that they can grow and succeed in their chosen contemporary art forms, and in their lives and the positive contributions they can make to their wider Pacific audiences.

Foundation North is proud to have supported Fresh Horizons, free art workshops for Pacific secondary school students, hosted at a tertiary institution and held over three days. The workshops provide important teaching and role modelling from Pacific artists and their assistants, who are current tertiary students, as well as the opportunity to spend three days with peers making new friends and building networks.

In September 2016, Tautai hosted Fresh Horizons at AUT’s School of Art & Design, which provided an excellent creative environment for the students. The experience gave invaluable insight into life as a tertiary student and encouraged students to consider options for their future study.

“The key impact from Fresh Horizons is learning and building creative confidence. The students benefit from the supportive setting, gaining new skills and learning to collaborate creatively. The support from Foundation North allows this programme to continue, and for us to provide this unique opportunity to Pacific secondary students.”
- Petrina Togi-Sa’ena, Program Leader at Tautai