Creative Journeys members (from left) Alain Ndicunguye, Lily Harper, Tania Wildbore, Sally McGovern and Conrad Ryan, in front of “We Belong”, a piece that they and more than 30 others worked on.
Art is an eternal cycle in which inspiration builds creativity, which in turn builds new inspiration.
Inspired By, open now in the Te Manawa Gallery building, features a score of works from our collection, and surrounds them with new art made in response by members of Creative Journeys, a local art collective for people with disabilities.
Creative Journeys has been making art at Te Manawa since 2012. There’s always been a drive since then to get them involved with the collection.
“It was a good opportunity to really involve a section of our community who loves art, in a more direct way,” says collections manager Toni Edmeades.
In 2015 the collection was opened up to Creative Journeys and the Te Manawa team matched artworks with each person’s interests and affinity with certain styles
The works selected include a Toss Woollaston, a Colin McCahon and a John Bevan Ford.
“It’s fantastic to have so many of our collection items out – and in such variety, with sculpture featuring alongside paintings,” Toni says.
Artist Lily Harper spent days working on her pieces, at Te Manawa and at Creative Journeys’ home base in Square Edge. She found her muse not just in artwork but in people.
“My favourite person who inspired me would have to be Shane Filan – he used to be part of Westlife,” she says.
Lily also drew inspiration from the camera techniques used in television and film, imagining multiple “shots” or how a scene would appear if it were animation.
She encourages people with disabilities to give art a try even though the challenges can seem intimidating.
“I say go for it! If you’re into it, see what happens and what you can accomplish.”
Inspired By is open until 16 October 2016. What inspires you?