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Studio & Gallery Closed

Kia ora everyone,

Due to the enormity of the 25th Annual Pablos Art Auction, the studio will be closed on Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th and Friday 8th, the studio will reopen on Monday 11th. The gallery will also be closed on Thursday 9th and Friday 8th open again on Saturday 9th.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Innovative Workshops

Pablos has introduced innovative and inclusive workshops in 2019. Negin, our art therapy student, facilitates group called ‘Art is Healing’, which provides a space to explore using different art tools designed to assist in supporting well-being. It has maintained a safe place to explore inner worlds with focus on creative process rather than end product.
Art with Vision is a group created in collaboration with the Blind Foundation. The intention for this group is to provide accessible tactile art for all including those who may be vision impaired. It is a sensory form of art tuition facilitated by tutor Matt and informed by the support and wisdom of Mary Fischer (from the Blind Foundation).

Featured Artist Johanna

Johanna G-M is a Wellington-born artist. She started her interested in art when she was very young and is self-taught. She didn’t have good experiences with her art teachers and once leaving school had time to develop her artistic practice. At the moment her interest is using mixed media such as layering inks, pens and acrylic paint. When asked why she enjoys art she states, “It’s pretty much the only thing that makes sense to me. It’s therapeutic and a way to communicate with people without talking or socialising.” Her inspiration is drawn from her cat Gregory, a Tabby, and her curious interest in micro-biology….. Read more in Volume 2 of Pablos Post.

Poignant Premises Procured

Pablos is happy to announce that we have secured new premises. We will be moving our studio in December to the ground floor of 118 Tory St, Te Aro, ready for artists to attend January 2020. The new studio space will be disability accessible and have gender neutral toilet facilities. As our new premises require Roar Gallery to be separate, we have secured a fantastic new location and will be relocating in November to Left Bank, off Cuba St, where we expect to increase our exposure providing the opportunity to share the stories and work of Pablos artists with the wider community.

Studio Mascot: Zen

Zenny – Pablos art studio therapy dog and pet! Zenny loves to come to work and lay in the art gallery enjoying the sunshine. People come to see the gallery for the art but also love the sight of dog relaxing in the corner to pat which he enjoys himself. He is extremely loved by all the artists and brings joy to their everyday lives. He is often taken out for walks by the artists during their lunch breaks at the studio providing them with comfort

25th Annual Art Auction

Thursday 7th November at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. Viewing starts at 5:00pm, including food, drinks and entertainment. Auction commences from 6:30pm and closes by 9:00pm. BUY TICKETS QUICK AS THEY ARE SELLING OUT FAST!!!!
Almost 20% of the funds vital to Pablos survival are raised through our Auction.  The event itself is significant for Pablos artists wellbeing as it provides opportunities for story-telling, cementing artistic identity, reconnecting with the community and building self-esteem through the pride/value of artworks. Every year we auction approximately 100 works, half from the wonderful artists at Pablos and half from artists all over New Zealand and beyond.

Featured Artist: CJ

CJ is from Wainui and began his interest in art at the young age of 4 when he started drawing. He enjoys art as he finds it a challenge and helps his focus. His favourite mediums are colouring in, painting, using stencils. He enjoys taking photos of the moon and sunsets and also uses Lego to create. He uses gel pens when colouring in but gets frustrated when they smudge. CJ gets inspiration from seeing other artists work and visits galleries frequently.

Gallery Assistant Position

Casual Position 1 day a week ongoing with additional relief shifts as available 5 hour shift on Saturdays $22 – $23 per hour based on experience. ROAR! gallery was New Zealand’s first gallery to promote Outsider Art.  Through vibrant exhibitions and a public programme our aim is to stimulate on-going conversation and debate about this genre of art, de-stigmatize mental health issues and provide a safe space where artists and audiences can interact. For further information and a job description please phone (04) 385 7602 or email roar.gallery@pablosart.org.nz APPLICATIONS CLOSE 12 NOON ON MONDAY 4th NOVEMBER.

Kindness from Kaibosh

We are very thankful to Kaibosh who are providing food packages on a Tuesday morning. The donated food from Kaibosh serves two primary purposes for the artists at Pablos, to provide sustenance during the day for people who may not be able to afford a nourishing lunch and to provide small parcels of food for artists to take home to cook for themselves. This kind of service helps not only with the physical wellbeing but also the mental well-being of our artists, enabling healthy eating habits and healthy minds through supportive resources.

Featured Artist: Suzy

Suzy Hobbs, born and raised in Wellington, an animal rights activist and a vegan enthusiast, realised her passion for art when her mental health took a dive last year. She started to attend Pathways day service in Lower Hutt where one of the Pablos tutors, Frances, held a regular Friday art therapy workshop. She soon came to notice her ultimate love for colour and ever since has been inspired. Pablo’s has become a big part of Suzy’s life as she says that if she was to do art at home not much would get done, whereas Pablo’s is a place for her to get out of the house to a safe and supportive environment not only for her art but for her mental health… Read more in Volume 2 of Pablos Post.