Sally Legg, MAAT
Sally has a passion for networking and resourcing communities, and will be facilitating Open Studio Art Therapy groups for the Bethells community (& beyond) as part of the THS Pop Up Clinic programme starting soon. She's also part of the local www.tehengabethells.com website team and co-ordinates the artist pages. Her most recent work was with the Spark Centre Stroke Art Therapy Team, delivering a programme that was run in conjunction with Auckland University's Clinical Psychology Department. Sally was part of the original Stroke Art Therapy pilot in 2010, & spent 5 years developing the Art Therapy service with Spark from 2006. Earlier in 2013, she worked with Help Auckland's Crisis Team, and prior to that spent 2 years with Mind Australia’s Amaroo Day Programme and Outreach Service. Amaroo was one of Melbourne’s most progressive and creative Mental Health community services, and during her time there she developed a drama therapy programme, produced Melbourne's Big reThink in conjunction with NZ's Like Minds Like Mine campaign and published a quarterly Zine of participant driven observations and artworks. She was also Secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA) for five years and has presented talks and workshops at several international conferences, and has been involved in organising many of their events. She also established the 1:1 Arts Therapy service for people with complex disabilities at Iris, developed a multi-sensory therapeutic environment (Snoezelen Room) for Auckland’s Forensic Intellectual Disability unit, and has facilitated arts programmes for Raeburn House, YMCA, and Youth Justice. Sally also has a long term love of performance poetry and has produced and participated in various shows in New Zealand and Australia.
Fats White, MDes
Photograph by Serena Stevenson ©2015
Photo by Kina Sai ©2017
Fats White is the eco-engineer at Te Henga Studios, -the go to guy for the day to day running operations on the property. Fats is a colorful friendly character and very approachable, he cares very much for the rescued animals, goats and rare chooks welfare, on the property,there are many projects under construction throughout the property all weeds plant life pebbles stones insects bugs slugs birds and animals have a very special place in the scheme of our permacultures existing within the property. For special occasions he has accommodated guests requests for his paid chauffeuring services throughout the valley, Fats White is first-aid qualified,also active and on call with the Bethells Valley Fire Force.
Fats White, Artist in Residence at Te Henga Studios, Merit Award winner for the New Zealand National Contemporary Art Awards, finalist in the Wallace Art Awards, with his paintings in private collections in Japan, Berlin, Hamburg, Grenoble, Paris and Antibes.
Fats White is a multi-disciplinarian. He is also an award winning filmmaker, his experimental films have been shown in Italy, New York City, San Francisco, Stuttgart, Sydney and Brussels.
Fats White as a musician wrote the song "Midnight Cowboys" which went to number one in the Australian Country and Western top forty charts for 2015.
From the late 1970's his involvement as the lead singer to the Capital Cities
under-ground cult band Shoes This High,+ the Smelly FeeT, and The Kiwi Animal
music group have all seen releases,re-release pressings in Germany for TKA
In the UK for Shoes This High, including a new album release for Shoes This High in the USA 2014. Fats White is currently musical director for local Bethells Beach Youth Group, Demons Wooden Wheel.
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