The Story only I can tell

William Yang
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Please note: this lecture is not at Thistle Hall. It is at:

Victoria University of Wellington
School of Design
Lecture theatre [LT01]

Tea and Moon cakes from 1:20 pm
Talk begins 1.40 pm

To commemorate the public exhibition
WHAT WE SEE. WHAT WE SAY, Thistle Hall Community Gallery - 18 - 22 Sept, 2018.
William Yang has been invited to speak about his work
and practice as a photographer.

William Yang has been a photographer for 40 years.
25 years ago he began projecting his photos in theatres
and talking with the images. His stories were
autobiographical and this form became successful
for him. He has done eleven full-length works.
He was born of Chinese Australian parents and grew up
strongly identifying as Australian although he looked
Chinese He suffered because of the way he looked as he
was not as he appeared to be. He was also gay. He liberated
himself from social expectation, and his search
for identity is one of the main themes of his work.

The Story Only I Can Tell is the generic story of his
life. His forebears migrated from China to Australia
over a hundred years ago and subsequent generations
adapted to western culture. William grew up in North
Queensland on a tobacco farm, and he has made his
way in the world as an architect, a playwright, a photographer,
a visual artist, a film maker, and now a story-
teller. He has led a varied life and this basic story can
be supplemented with optional, additional themes: like
photography, Sydney celebrities, being Chinese in the
West, China, landscape, being gay and cultural diversity.

Voice Alchemy

Explore the healing power of your voice.
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Break through limiting beliefs and free your inner voice through this experiential and transformational class.

By allowing ourselves to explore in multi-sensory ways can have profound results in our lives. Expressing ourselves through sound can give voice to energies in a way that gives them more form and colour than words alone can achieve. It helps get in touch with and express energies otherwise locked inside and provides the opportunity to bring out the child in you.

Whether you want to let go of limiting beliefs, gain some inspiration, re-connect to your authentic voice, and find your signature note, have a sense of freedom or just simply want to have fun! This group play space will assist you through your journey of expression, allowing more of YOU to come through. 

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Pottery Workshop

with Laurie Steer
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Laurie Steer will be running a Pottery Workshop on Sunday, October 21st in downtown Wellington. Whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced clay hound this is a chance for you to get your hands dirty in a beautiful and supportive setting under the guidance of a master craftsman.

This relaxed and playful workshop will focus on the making of hand built teaware including tea bowls, cups and teapots. Aspiring potters will explore multiple techniques for creating their own unique tea-sets and broaden their understanding of clay as a dynamic natural material.

Broken into two easy going parts the morning session (which includes tea and home baked snacks) runs from 10am till 12 noon after which there will be a one hour lunch break. Hungry potters are encouraged to find something scrumptious to eat amongst Cuba Street’s many iconic, culinary offerings. The workshop resumes at 1pm and concludes at 3pm with everyone completing their own original handmade tea-set.

This inspiring and educational day out will cost you $150 and includes all materials, snacks & tea. Take the first step to igniting your passion for pottery or reignite an old flame at this intimate, inspirational ceramic experience.

Who & What: Laurie Steer teaching pottery.

Laurie is an artist and potter. He is also an occasional educator and human. With 27 years practical experience and a Masters Degree in Art & Design, Laurie has collaborated with and studied under some of New Zealand’s leading artists and designers. From ceramics to design Laurie leads a richly diverse life, comfortably merging art and craft sensibilities with contemporary education for endlessly interesting outcomes.

When & Where: Sunday 21st October, 10.00am - 3.00pm

Thistle Hall, Cnr Cuba & Arthur Streets,

Wellington, Aotearoa, NZ.

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*Please note that reservations are confirmed upon full payment of course fees.

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