With regular classes throughout the year for people of all ages and occasional workshops held in the community, the Tiapapata Art Centre provides a valuable service for the development of Samoa’s creative economy and welcomes artists in residence to assist with its teaching programme while also allowing for visiting artists to create works of art that can be exhibited either solo or in combined exhibitions held from time to time.
Accommodation at a reasonable rent is available in one of two self-contained apartments located in a private home on the site, approximately 100m away from the Art Studio and Kiln Room. There are two other accommodation spaces adjacent to the studio, a treehouse and a tiny house, but these are normally reserved for Airbnb guests unless the space is needed and special arrangements.
The Tiapapata Art Centre in Samoa fosters excellence in creativity, diversity and innovation in traditional and contemporary arts and crafts. It is registered with the Government of Samoa as a charitable trust. The underlying principles of the Tiapapata Art Centre are:
That all people have a right to express themselves creatively and should be encouraged to learn about and develop their creativity
That people with limited access to creating arts and crafts should be provided with opportunities to explore and enjoy these activities. Barriers restricting access to arts and crafts should be removed
That creativity conduces to wellbeing and
That arts and crafts enrich society.
The Tiapapata Art Centre is located 800m above sea level and is much cooler than the coast where most villages are located, including the capital city Apia. The Tiapapata Art Centre conducts occasional special workshops with community-based organisations and schools at their premises.
In December 2010, the Tiapapata Art Centre opened its new studio where art classes are now held. The studio is a multi-function classroom able to accommodate up to thirty students comfortably although there is seating for 50. Classes are taught in various media: painting, drawing, printmaking and ceramics. In April 2016, the new Tiapapata Art Gallery with a Wild Foods Cafe attached was opened.
- Independent Association/Foundation
- Months: 6+
- Months: 1 – 3
- Months: 3 – 6
- Visual Art
- Textile Art
- Education Programmes
- Private accommodation
- Shared accommodation
- Private studio / workplace
- Shared studio / workplace
- Space for partners, families, pets
- Small hand and power tools available
- Access to salvaged and natural materials
- Exhibition space
- Sound recording studio
- Ceramic facilities
- Woodworking tools
- Printmaking facilities
- Technical assistance
- Promotional services
- Production costs
- Donation of artwork
- Open Studios