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Introducing Jean Marc Calvet

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  • Fri 17 Feb ’17, 6:00pm – 9:00pm


Blikfang Art and Antiques, 130 Queen St, Northcote


All Ages

Calvet will be talking about his life, his work and his vision.

Jean-Marc is visiting New Zealand from the 16th February to the 2nd of March. He will use the compelling story of his transformation from addict to artist as a way to connect with at-risk youth. New Zealand has the highest youth suicide rate in the OECD.

Young Maori men, in particular, kill themselves at a higher rate than any other group. This tour is designed to reach as many vulnerable youth as possible. Our hope is that Jean-Marc’s message, to paraphrase Carrie Fisher, will help them turn their pain into art.

Jean-Marc’s visit has been planned to ensure he engages with the people who need him most. He will visit Opotiki, a rural area with high youth unemployment, and take workshops with local at-risk high school students. He will then move on to Taneatua to work with 20 people, identified by the local Iwi (Tuhoe), who will benefit from Jean-Marc’s passionate and purposeful input.

In Rotorua, he will spend time with Ren Hardgrave, a local graffiti artist who is employed by the Corrections Department to work with convicted youth. Jean-Marc will spend time with Ren and a group of his charges as they complete a mural being painted in Calvet’s honour, and style.

This exciting venture is only possible through Jean-Marc’s generosity - giving his time and energy to this project for no financial gain. Splice Auckland, a valued social outreach group, are kindly contributing towards the project as well. He is also supported by a small and energetic team of other volunteers who are determined to bring Jean-Marc’s story to our at-risk youth.

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