How do you know that you are reaching your whole community?

The thing I probably need to say here first is to talk a little bit more about my definition of “community”. It can mean many things but here I am talking about the entirety of the community that is encompassed in our mission and vision as an organisation.

In my professional role, our vision is for “our city to be a vibrant, creative community where everyone who wants to participate in the arts, can”. So our community is our whole city.

Even though we might break it down and start to target individual sections of our community (perhaps seeking to create more equity in opportunities for participation), they all feed into our audience of the community as a whole...

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MethodsMary-Beth Acres
Case Study: Studio Kura

Hirofumi Matsuzaki is the founder of Studio Kura - and he arrives to chat with me on his way from building a new studio at one of their houses. As well as their main buildings, Studio Kura runs three houses in the surrounding areas which provide the accommodation and studio space for their resident artists. I was there for the month of March 2017 and during my stay there were ten artists in residence working across a range of mediums including oil painting, photography, installation and performance art...

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A quick update and a few thoughts

I always find South Africa enchanting, and so full of rich experiences (and rich food). It is also incredibly confronting. Particularly coming from New Zealand where our (still very real and very serious) poverty line is at a much different level I really do still struggle with the beggars at traffic lights, the hawkers and the people just trying to get by. Where do these people sleep at night? What do they eat? How do they survive...

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Hello South Africa

So I landed in South Africe and havent posted any updates for about two weeks - during April I have been for the most part spending some quiet time with Danny and my family here in South Africa before he flies off to Germany at the start of May. So the weight of experiences during April will probably be falling more on the side of sunshine then art; I am loving being back in SA once again...

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Nagasaki reflections

Last week Danny and I caught a train down from Fukuoka to Nagasaki to view some of the historical sites there. Coming into it I knew it would be a moving experience... I had read before about the horrors that had been dropped on the city by means of an atomic bomb in World War II. [>Link to history wiki page here<]. I have been sitting on this blog post because no matter how I arrange them...

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Mary-Beth Acres
The island life for me...

Katsura, Sol, Laurence, PC, Judy, Danny and I all went off on our bikes and had a lovely day on Himejima island. These are just a few shots of the stunning scenery there, would definately recommend giving it a visit if you get a chance but take good walking shoes and make sure you have a whole day free...

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JapanMary-Beth Acres
Painting, Pints and Pasta

A little bit of words with pictures from the last week here in Itoshima! It was a little bit exciting this week with Isabelle arriving at the house, Nihongo class, Goyagoyamoon, a trip to Fukuoka for St Paddy's, Danny visiting and a spaghetti party! Also getting work ready for my show on the 25th...

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Mary-Beth Acres
House 2

I thought I would continue trying to do a weekly post about the ins and outs of what I have been up to - not interesting to everyone but good for me to keep track and update friends and family who are interested.

Where I left off in my last post I had arrived at Ikisan Station, tired and happy. Katsura from Studio Kura came and picked me up at the station and took me to my new little home for the next four weeks, House 2...

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JapanMary-Beth Acres
Tokyo Rush

Hello!

Gosh I had expected to be updating this blog a little more often but we have had a pretty full of few days in Japan so far. I have just arrived at Fukuoka this evening so I thought I would write a little bit about what I have been up to so far...

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JapanMary-Beth Acres
What is Wellbeing?

What is wellbeing and how do we quantify it? Can our lives be broken down so easily into the conditions of our spiritual, physical, emotional, mental, and social "well-being"? Does this approach miss anything? This post is more about my questions around what we get from it then about providing answers...

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ReflectionsMary-Beth Acres
Eight Weeks until it all starts!

Today marks the eight week mark until I fly away - there is so much to do!

I have made a gear list of everything I will be taking (some things yet to buy) and have started packing things away - not quite into my pack, but into a big box left behind from Christmas gifts ordered online...

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True love: A brief history of Rotorua and Me

ne of my favourite things about the holidays is family. I am the youngest of four children and the only daughter, our family of six came to New Zealand around 19 years ago. Since then my mom's whole side of the family have immigrated, and I have been able to go back to visit my dads side of the family in South Africa twice now. I'm a real nerd about my family, I just love them to bits...

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ReflectionsMary-Beth Acres
Studio Kura!

Good news; Art + Sunshine and I have been accepted to an arts residency at Studio Kura in Japan!

Backtracking a little here - but it is funny because I feel like I have just emerged from four years of constantly saying "I'm not an artist". But I guess we are all artists right? 

I definitely feel much more like an artist lately...

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Japan, ReflectionsMary-Beth Acres