ENERGY UPTAKE is a showcase of recent artwork created by individuals selected from the community of artists who participate at Spark Centre of Creative Development, on view at the Mairangi Arts Centre August 5 - 23, 2015.
"Energy uptake" is borrowed from a term used in horticulture to describe the transference of nutrients from soil, to plant growth. Spark Centre is a unique environment, a studio micro-climate where the conditions are created and maintained to nurture and support the making of new artwork, and self-development.
Saturday August 15, 2pm, Mairangi Arts Centre
“It’s about the art” A discussion about the work of Spark Centre, followed by an informal floor talk with Spark Centre artists and facilitators.
Spark Centre is an inclusive, creative space based in St Lukes, Auckland, that provides visual arts, sound art, dance-movement, and art therapy programmes for people living with disability and diversity. Spark Centre delivers a professional service in person-centred, visual arts learning and creative therapies; the work is a unique synthesis of arts practice and self-development. An important aspect of the centres’ objectives is to establish exhibition opportunities for the artists, seeking to promote and advocate for artists living with diversity.
The arts programmes deliver an in-depth, experiential learning process orientated to the requirements, competencies and circumstances of the artists. The work provides a vehicle for self-development and well-being through creative expression; builds companionship and social community; and offers involvement in meaningful and purposeful activity. The development of individual arts practice is supported – Spark Centre provides regular opportunities to showcase artists work in the public arena at a number of public spaces and community galleries throughout Auckland (including Pah Homestead, Studio One, Corban Estate Arts Centre, Mairangi Arts Centre, Bruce Mason Centre).
Spark Centre is an independent organisation, governed by Panacea Arts Charitable Trust and funded by sponsorships, grants and programme fees.