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Creative passion pays off

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A grant from Napier City Council’s Creative Communities Scheme has helped Hawke’s Bay artist Jacqueline Siegenthaler share her passion for stone carving with others.Jacqueline Siegenthaler

And with the next funding round opening at the end of this month (January 2015), she says other artists should take up the opportunity as she did.

Jacqueline was able to extend her work as a volunteer teaching art to residents of Springhill Treatment Centre. Under Jacqueline’s direction, residents worked either individually or together on pieces of Oamaru stone she had sourced.  The resulting works all grew from ideas of the students, their thoughts about the places the sculptures were intended for, or a combination of the two.

The artworks have gone to different locations throughout the city, including Hawke’s Bay Tibetan Buddhist Centre, DOVE Hawke’s Bay, the Napier court house, Napier Resene, People’s Advocacy Bureau, and the latest, which has been installed at Springhill itself.

The two people who worked on this particular piece had never carved stone before, and Jacqueline hoped it would inspire others going through the programme. “Both feel very proud of their achievement, and I of them, and want to continue to do some stone carving,” said Jacqueline.

Many Springhill residents also had a go at small scale stone carving, using offcuts from the larger sculptures.

Jacqueline holds a degree in Art & Creativity from The Learning Connexion, a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching (GCTLT), and is currently studying extramurally for a Masters in Design with UNITEC. As part of her GCTLT qualification she had to teach and volunteering a few hours a week at Springhill was both suitable and a positive challenge. She wanted to contribute something to the Napier community, she said.

“This would never have happened without the scheme. It provided such an amazing opportunity and the beautiful thing about it is the way some people take to stone carving. Once they have made that connection it is something that will be there for the rest of their lives.”

Jacqueline was originally mentored in stone carving by renowned Hawke’s Bay sculptor Martin Selman.

There are two rounds of Creative Communities funding available through the Napier City Council each year. Applications for the next round of funding open on 31 January and close on 27 February 2015.

For information and the application form for a Creative Communities grant, go to the NCC Creative Communities grant web page.

28 January 2015

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