Time (NZST)
10.30amMorning Tea
1.30pmConcurrent Sessions
3pmAfternoon Tea
3.30pmConcurrent Sessions
5pm Welcome Reception
Time (NZST)
9amConcurrent Sessions
3pmAfternoon Tea
3.30pmConcurrent Sessions
6.30pmConference Dinner, sponsored by the Faculty of Education and Social Work
Time (NZST)
10.30amMorning Tea
11amConcurrent Sessions
1.30pmConcurrent Sessions
3pmAfternoon Tea
3.30pmConcurrent Sessions

*draft only, subject to change

Programme Snapshots

While our full programme is still in development, see below a curated snapshot of some of the fantastic sessions you will have to choose from at ITAC7.

Massive Making: Devising Theatre with Massive Theatre Company

Massive Theatre Company is a 32-year-old inter-generational theatre company based in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland who work locally, regionally and internationally.

Massive only makes new work either by devising or commissioning writers. Massive is an ensemble company who work with personal stories, experiences, and perceptions as the foundation of their work. They work with the physical, text and music. The actor and who they are is at the centre of their theatre making practice. Massive likes to be playful and rigorous when working together.

This ITAC7 workshop will be a full day so that you can experience who we are and how we like to create work with you. You will have three Massive teaching artists who are key company members so that you can get a sense of the ‘flavours’ that make Massive up.

We will introduce you as to how we place play at the centre of our work. How we develop and build ensemble, followed by you creating some small, devised pieces of theatre using some of our processes.

Prior to the workshop, we will send you examples of some of our theatre so you can see what we create when making larger theatre works. We will also ask you to prepare some small responses to provocations we will send out (nothing onerous we promise), and the work you devise will have these responses at the basis of your work.

By the end of the day we hope you have had a chance to play and create with others plus gain insight into how Massive Theatre Company approaches devising theatre.

Massive Theatre Company

Founded by Samantha Scott MNZM in 1991, the Maidment Youth Theatre was later renamed Massive Theatre Company – a fusion company of emerging and professional artists. We are a professional physical ensemble company, creating new theatre with emerging and professional actors, directors and writers.  Our work comes from real stories, reflecting the rich diversity of Aotearoa. We are also a leading company in developing both our emerging and professional artists. Through access to free workshops and ongoing mentoring/training, emerging artists are able to become a part of the company from age fourteen and stay with us throughout their professional career.

Massive is a pathway, a whānau and a way to create excellent theatre.

A Journey to Toi Ora: Fostering Mental Health through Creativity

During this session, delegates will have the opportunity to visit and explore Toi Ora Live Art Trust in their vibrant Grey Lynn studio and exhibition space. This excursion offers the opportunity to discover how Toi Ora use creativity and the arts to inspire and support the recovery of people experiencing mental health challenges, witness firsthand the impact of participatory arts programmes in action, and hear from both Toi Ora staff and participating artists (tāngata whaiora).

Toi Ora

Toi Ora is an awards-winning community arts trust providing a creative space and learning opportunities for people using mental health services by providing a participatory arts programme for people 17 years and older.

Toi Ora promotes social, intellectual, and creative pursuits that enrich people’s lives, improve capacity, and de-stigmatise mental health towards broader social change. Through workshops tutored by professional practitioners covering painting, drawing, writing, poetry, creative writing, music, drama, and other subjects, Toi Ora aims for people to develop their strengths and potential in the arts in a safe and inclusive environment.

Toi Ora bridges the gap for those who come into contact with mental health, brain injury, addiction, and other support services with the exploration of creativity as a proven means to enhance recovery and maintain wellbeing. Toi Ora provides a pathway to personal recovery, peer support, training and career opportunities.

Squiggla: A Gymnasium for Creative Visual Thinking in Classrooms and Beyond


Squiggla Making Space: A Studio for Mark Making

We can all train to be more creative. As a programme for creative thinking, Squiggla acts like a gymnasium for the visual – the more we exercise, the better we can become. Presenter and Squiggla co-founder Sue Gardiner outlines how the Squiggla Project delivers intentional, intuitive, joyful mark making education programmes, with the goal of keeping us all creatively active throughout our lives. Exploring the research, diving into Squiggla philosophy and outlining Squiggla’s accessible activities, this presentation is packed with practical ideas and new ways for visual exploration and discovery using improvisation and chance in mark making. Outlined also is the flexible nature of Squiggla’s activities, delivered across a range of age groups and educational contexts, such as used by Squiggla co-founder, Chartwell trustee and teacher Karen Gardiner in the classroom, and successful programmes held in public art gallery settings in New Zealand and Australia. Using the four main themes of Tākarokaro/ Play, Mahi/Make, Pohewa/Imagine and Hanga/Invent, we explore why creative visual thinking matters and identify links to key concepts useful for the delivery of a visual arts curriculum.

Karen and our team of Squiggla Educators will be running a Squiggla Making Space throughout the Symposium. Put free flow, experimental mark making into action in our Making Space studio. Connect with the mind, heart, eyes and hands to the materials we love. Be inventive and let your intuition guide you. Meet the Squiggla team and collect a free Squiggla Kete Pack to get started right away.


Squiggla is the outreach programme of The Chartwell Trust and ITAC7 is a Chartwell 50th Anniversary Project 2024 event. 50 years of support, commitment, education, collecting and knowledge about the benefits of the visual arts for us all.

<<==Inter==Generation==>: Reimagining Art-Making as a Collective Pursuit 

In the Western world, art is often perceived as an individual pursuit. <<==Inter==Generation==> reimagines art education through the lens of collectivism, nurturing artists within a supportive and interconnected community.   

Deeply rooted in a Kaupapa Māori and Kaupapa Pasifika approach to educating youth in the visual arts, <<==Inter==Generation==> challenges the prevailing individualistic paradigm, emphasising the importance of collective learning and recognising indigenous creative knowledge is deeply embedded in our communities, passed down through cross-disciplinary and intergenerational experiences with knowledge holders embedded in our families and communities. This indigenous perspective challenges the prevailing Western notion of individualism and highlights the importance of relational cultural identity.

At its core, falanoa represents an intergenerational arts-based research method that aligns with indigenous ways of knowing and learning. It recognises that storytelling, conversation, and connection are fundamental aspects of many Pacific cultures, embodied in the concept of talanoa. In Tongan culture, talanoa involves the act of sharing stories (tala) to explore and unpack the unknown (noa) during social interactions. This practice is a rich source of cultural understanding and expression.  

By actively critiquing the existing art education system, <<==Inter==Generation==> offers a powerful alternative that champions future Indigenous creatives. It serves as a rallying cry for genuine social change within the current arts education landscape. Through innovative and effective pedagogical approaches, this project demonstrates how indigenous perspectives on teaching artistry can enrich the lives of youth, foster a sense of community, and ultimately contribute to broader societal transformation. 

ITAC7 delegates are invited to falanoa alongside sculptor and painter, Donn Ratana (Ngāi Tūhoe), emerging artist Ercan Cairns of Māori (Tūhoe), Tongan (‘Utungake and Tu’anuku, Vava’u) and of German descent and Tonga-based artists Tevita Latū and Taniela Petelo from Seleka International Art Society Initiative (SIASI). 



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