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Opportunity Art visits Parliament

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Fuseworks Media

Art that will make you feel feelings! Art that challenges you and art that breaks a few rules!

Opportunity Arts advocates alongside, empowers and provides practical support for artists with special needs who face barriers to participation in the arts; supporting them to develop individual, sustainable arts practices.

They work with talented and dedicated emerging artists that are self-taught, intuitive, visionary, and raw. These artists all display their own unique language and points of view rather than following traditional conventions or responding to art trends. For various reasons these artists require additional support to access opportunities that can increase their audience, profile, income, sense of pride, and purpose.

This show was significant for me because it was the first time I’d exhibited my paintings in a formal setting. I’ve tried to approach multiple galleries in the past but have found that being untrained is a massive barrier to galleries considering my work. I was really impressed by the quality of some of the mahi toi in the show and this reaffirmed the empowering nature of the experience.

Opportunity Arts is passionate that with this mahi they can encourage social change and diversify the New Zealand contemporary art scene. Giving a voice and platform to those who are often unheard and unseen within this community and wider society.

For Daniel Phillips it’s so that he can explore, "I like to sell art to make money for my trips." Artist LENNY ZOOK enjoys displaying their art in new places to new audiences - "It's an honour to have my work shown among a bunch of super talented people in a completely different environment from where I would normally share my art and where I wouldn't usually have the opportunity to share - Parliament, so random!"

The exhibition also acts as a launch for their online shop. Art lovers will be able to view and purchase some of the most unique, challenging, and exciting artworks that New Zealand has to offer, enriching both the artist and the art lovers’ lives.

The Water Fountain (2018) by Nicol Cheung.

Visiting the Exhibition

The exhibition is open every Wednesday and Thursday (between 10am and 4pm) until December 6.

Our exhibition space is located on the first floor of Bowen House (on the corner of Lambton Quay and Bowen Street).

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