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Art I Am event at Hamilton Fringe Festival

26 February 2016


A short film featuring the role creativity plays in helping a boy to survive in an isolated community is the highlight of an event hosted by Shona Hammond Boys as part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival on 5 and 6 March at The Meteor.

“Oku Moe Moea – The dream which is bigger than I am” was directed by Shona, who is the founder and director of the New Zealand Children’s Art Houses Foundation.  The film was first screened to acclaim in Washington D.C. during the World Children’s Festival 2015. 

The film will be accompanied by a presentation on the film and how art and creativity are key essentials for a child’s growth and survival in the challenging environments confronting them today.

The novel accompanying the film will also be available, along with a graphic version being launched at the festival and “Art I Am – Illustrations of Creativity”, a new book featuring images that inspired many of the images and creative impulses behind the film and Shona’s work.

The overwhelmingly important aspect of this event is the discussion around what constitutes art and creativity, and the key role it can play for children, particularly those children living in socio-economically deprived areas. 

A leading education books reviewer, Bob Doherty, recently praised the book as “A superb book for the gifted and thoughtful reader of any age.”

The “Art I Am” event will be at 2 pm on 5 and 6 March at The Meteor, 1 Victoria Street, Hamilton.

Shona Hammond Boys can be contacted directly on: 027-699 8843 and 07-315-5014

NOTE: Born in Pureora Forest, Shona has retired to Opotiki after a lifetime in teaching and creative pursuits.  Her family has strong links to the Waikato, and she was an early graduate of the Teachers College at Waikato University.

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