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‘Visionary art’ exhibition makes Daniel happy

Jul 16th, 2013 | By | Category: News, Top Picture


AUTISM has not stopped Daniel Phillips creating and selling works of art.

Daniel, right, says selling his art makes him feel “great”, and next month he gets a chance to sell more in a national exhibition of artworks from creative spaces.

Creative spaces are community organisations that provide opportunities for people with limited access to make art.

This includes people with disabilities and mental illness, such as Daniel.

“Art keeps me happy, I like using bright colours,” said Daniel, who is from MIX creative space in Lower Hutt.

“I want to keep doing lots of art, having lots of exhibitions and selling lots of art,” he said.

Daniel has had solo exhibitions and has sold many artworks.

Pablos Art Studios’ ROAR! gallery in Wellington is staging the exhibition from August 1 at 5.30pm.

Creative Species 3 will feature up to 100 artworks for sale from New Zealand creative spaces, ranging from $35 to $500.

Curator Chris Barrand said this is the exhibition’s third year.

Its purpose is to strengthen the network of creative spaces in New Zealand and to show the public what they do.

“We want to share our skills and knowledge with other creative spaces and encourage the public to get involved by coming to see what our talented artists have produced.”

Chris said viewers can expect to see a mixture of artworks which have been created using an “authentic and genuine approach”.

“This exhibition will offer a diversity of work and artistic approaches. I like to call it visionary art.”   Chris says the aim is to raise profiles of individual artists and to create opportunities for future solo exhibitions in their communities.

“We try not to commodify their art but focus on the honest and genuine nature that reflects their personality as an art maker.

“We want the artist to come through in the work.”

Creative Species 3 will exhibit from August 1 to September 29, Wednesday to Saturday 11-4pm and Sundays 11-2pm. To find out more about the Creative Species 3 Exhibition, visit email or phone: 04 385 7602.


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