08 May 2011

Made it here - Otatara

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Movie by William Boag

This is the place that started me on my creative journey... I started my studies at Otatara back in the early 90's where we were taught painting, drawing and many other varied skills.  I had wonderful tutors (like the creator of this movie), it was a very easy and fun place to learn and at the end of my time here as a student I received my diploma in a relaxed BBQ ceremony.

It is very sad that the buildings have now been pulled down, but I have so many fond memories from Otatara and of the people who shared it with me.  I feel very fortunate to have been a small part of this special place.

4 comments:

  1. I vaguely remember visiting Otatara, many years ago. Memories are precious. Cheers Marie

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  2. Such a shame that the buildings weren't saved and restored - it looks like a wonderful environment in which to have studied art.

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  3. I have many fond memories of Otatara. It was a great space for artists and students. Every person who used the space left a bit of their creativity and personality with it. Future generations will be asking why this space was allowed to fall into disrepair and neglect.

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  4. We used to visit friends who stayed in the 'log house' for awhile. I guess they were artists in residence. So sad the area couldn't have been retained/restored.

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