Kākano means seed. Our tutors look for the tiniest little spark of interest in young people, and develop this seed.
In our studio sessions, young people develop their studio practice, their confidence and their self-worth. Each is given a taste of many different mediums in order to discover what works best for them. In the collective, there are painters, printmakers, carvers and photographers, all working on independent projects in their own areas of interest.
In 2016 we opened a new Carving space, and our young people have since started working in Oamaru Stone and wood, with plans to start working with Pounamu and jewellery. The level of work created by the group is outstanding, and is celebrated in an end of year exhibition held in December each year at the Corban Estate Arts Centre.
The work produced in studio practice is also exhibited in the recently established Kākano Pop-Up Gallery, situated in The Falls Carpark, 22 Alderman Drive, Henderson. This space is proudly supported by Panuku Development Auckland.
Youth Arts Collective