A coming Meeting at Dreamspace: On ‘Coming Out’ as a Creator and even making money in the coming Arts & Crafts Renaissance.

This is the ad I put into the Eastland Trader this morning, please share this. I’ll put it on Facebook too, and Lifegym:

Wizard Workshops : First workshop, free, at Dreamspace, 61 Carnarvon St, Saturday 23rd February 7PM  : On Coming Out as a Creator and even making money in the coming Arts & Crafts Renaissance.

Led by Peter Harris of Dreamspace Gallery, builder of Cafe Eutopia in Northland, who has been coming out, or trying to, as an artist, craftsman, visionary and writer for the last 20 years, with many learnings, fears, failures, and scattered triumphs along the way. Before that he started, ran into the ground, resurrected and finally sold a frame manufacturing and wholesaling business and got an MA in philosophy. He now wants to share the agony and ecstasy of the art-business-life balancing act, and a new way forward with kindred spirits here in Gisborne as he offers a workshop space for dreaming, discussing, creating and making, at the ‘everything workshop’ of Dreamspace, 61 Carnarvon St. At Dreamspace there is a Round Table in a round Library room for the discussion and brainstorming workshops, and many ‘playstations’ for renaissance-level creations, including: printmaking, bookbinding, blacksmithing, coin striking, painting, casting cement and plaster, mouldmaking, jewellery making in pewter, stone carving, woodcarving, woodturning, joinery, ferrocement building and sculpting, glass work, stained glass, framing and board mounting of artworks, writing, meditating, recording, conferencing and brainstorming.

Ph Peter 022 332 6568 wizardofeutopia@gmail.com

So… that feels (surpisingly!) good. I’ve been running the Nga Tipu gallery in town the last two weeks while Fiona takes some much-needed time off. It’s part of my 2019 ‘come out and market’ resolution. Last year was the Year of Perpetual Setup, it seems… and only selling though Nga Tipu, which is only one small new gallery. That could be about to change, as we look to make it a marketing arts & crafts umbrella for the district, selling the best products further afield and having more happenings like Meet an Artist and Street Art on the wide footpath outside Nga Tipu. And making Dreamspace the workshops HQ…