We are passionate about providing opportunities and creating experiences for Indigenous artists to learn and to be recognised. In 2017 we supported the first artist residency in Niue which was funded by a fundraiser which was held at St Paul Street Gallery. With a strong connection to AUT we also began an Indigenous award for the AUT school of Art and Design which will be gifted annually to a graduating student. We believe in taking steps towards contributing even if they are small and helping to inspire younger artists where we can.
BC Collective - Indigenous award for AUT Art and Design (2019)
This years recipient was Chantel Matthews, her work explored political, social and cultural change through experiences of sculptural installation. Her work was moving and her place within her community gave a wider perspective of an artist living out their practice by giving back and being an inclusive member within the AUT community. Find more info about her work at https://www.chantelmatthews.com/
2018 Recipient - Uhila Nai more info: https://www.instagram.com/moelanginai/
BC Collective - 2020 Lafaiki Residency Recipient
In 2018 BC Collective began the Lafaiki residency which is named after BC Collective member Cora-Allan’s grandparents who migrated from Niue in the 60’s. The first recipient Darcell Apelu in 2018 received accommodation, flights and transportation during her stay in Niue.
This year with the generous support from Creative New Zealand we are able to provide the recipient with flights, accommodation, transportation and a small stipend while on island over a two week period.
BC Collective is pleased to announce that Niuean artist Chris Van Doren has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Lafaiki Residency taking place in July.
With no outcome required, each resident organises their own time to suit their practice and interests. Van Doren will be using this opportunity to continue his research into traditional ways that vaka, toki and weaponry were created and hopes to spend his time learning from knowledge holders.
“I am excited about returning to Niue after ten years and I am wanting to reconnect with the people, the arts and the culture .With fresh but older eyes, I look forward to exploring and being inspired by the beautiful rock of Polynesia.”
BC Collective is excited to offer the residency to Van Doren who works from the Pacifica Arts Centre in West Auckland. This opportunity will enable him to further his sculptural practice as he delves deeper into areas of traditional Niuean carving methods.
After fundraising for the first residency in 2018, BC Collective are grateful to have received funding and hope to continue creating small waves of opportunity to help Indigenous artists grow and thrive.
“Spending time in Niue will have a huge influence on my art practice and will inspire new works. Just making that connection to the land, sea, the people and my ancestral roots will be of great value”.
Niue being a smaller island is often over looked, and this residency fills a need creating an opportunity for Niuean artists who want to develop their knowledge and strengthen their connection to their ancestors homeland.
2018 Recipient - Darcell Apelu More info: https://www.darcellapelu.com/biography