May 07, 2021
Mentoring scheme Springboard for creative lives
A member of the selection panel for the Arts Foundation Springboard mentoring programme says it was exciting to see the talent coming through.
Nigel Borrell says on the scheme, which teams an emerging artist, performer, writer or musician with someone senior in their field.
He says it was tricky picking and matching just seven people from more than 100 applicants.
"An exciting one at the same time because you get to see the talent and you get to see ways to support them through this programme and by partnering them with a mentor that is really going to give them that boost and that confidence and an insight into their experience as artists and as creative people that is used to help those young ones," he says.
This year’s Springboard seven, who also each receive a $15,000 grant, include:
– Cora-Allan Wickliffe who will be mentored in her exploration of hiapo and tapa traditions by painter Shane Cotton;
– writer and performer Cian Parker with playwright Briar Grace-Smith;
– dancers Ta'alili – Aloalii Tapu and Tori Manley-Tapu who will work with Lemi Ponifasio;
– Reuben Jelleyman with fellow composer Ross Harris;
– visual artist and poet Maisie Chilton mentored by visual artist Julia Morison;
– multi-disciplinary artist Hohua Ropate Kurene mentored by Viva magazine creative director Dan Ahwa;
– and another multi-disciplinary artist, Larsen Winiata Tito-Taylor, who will sit in with drum master Riki Gooch.
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