Photographer Geoffery Matautia shares with us his kaupapa and hopes for Period7, a community initiative and space for young local artists to create and connect.
Period7 is not a collective or a cool kids club but a community created to connect young local artists across Aotearoa but mainly Tāmaki Makaurau through the participation in the creative arts.
We hope to provide opportunities for young people to engage in things they wouldn’t normally have the access or means to and also be a platform to share their work and process.
On a personal level, as much as Period7 is for the young creative, in some way it’s been a way to vicariously live through the people who participate in this space, so we want to invest everything we can to ensure whoever comes into the space has access to resources and opportunities that myself and my friends only wished we had growing up.
We’re coming up to almost 2 years of Period7. We’ve hosted workshops, had art exhibitions and a big takeaway from the experience was that regardless of the circumstances and lack of support or resources, the resilience from these young artists to create the most, with the least is the constant inspiration and motivation for us to ensure that Period7 continues to support them in any way we can.
I think 2023 is Period7’s year to grow and solidify itself as a pillar to champion the creative arts. We’ve recently just wrapped up a successful crowdfunding campaign to pilot a creative programme over the summer targeted at youth 16-21 (and if you’re reading this, still open to donations to support it) We’re excited to see what 2023 has in-store for us but we’re confident going into the new year having the support from our communities who have backed us so far.
Written by Geoffery Matautia