Wayne YouleArtist In Residence

Wayne Youle (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whakaeke, Pakeha) was the first artist hosted by the Porirua  Community Arts Council Artist-in Residence scheme at Festival of the Elements, Waitangi Day 2014.

Wayne ran  a one-day visual arts workshop at Pataka Art+Museum for adults, with the theme of “Creating Urban Legends”. To recapture the magical essence of childhood and traditional  storytelling, Wayne built a faux campfire and protective “fort”, and participants were encouraged to share stories – new and old, fact or fiction. These tales were then illustrated on walls using locally-fired charcoal.

Wayne has strong links to Porirua, so it was great to welcome Wayne back to Festival of the Elements 2014. He has been a presence at successive festivals through his vibrant banners which have told  Porirua's oldest story, about the taniwha Te Awarua o Porirua, since he made them for the 2000 festival.

Wayne commented: “People engaging from a minute to half an hour, it was an overall great day, and I saw only smiling faces and great energies around the whole event.

Watch this page for details of the next Porirua Community Arts Council Artist-in-Residence.