Deidre Dahlberg

Deidre currently works in Palmerston North, New Zealand as the Managing Director of Creative Journeys Ltd (CJs). CJs are an independent art-based group who specialise in working with artists that have the added pressure of challenging intellectual and sometimes physical impairments. Deidre and the team at CJs work hard to help their artists to gain recognition in their community for their talent, rather than their often perceived difference. A Visual Artist herself Deidre has shown work in Australia and New Zealand; both in Solo and Collaborative Exhibitions. Her paintings, sculpture and film installations reflect her passion to explore the meaning of human memory, ancient knowledge – and how that currently affects the human search for collective and individual identity in a media driven era. Her desire to become an artist led her to completing a Diploma with Merit in Visual Arts at UCOL (2003) in Palmerston North, New Zealand. In 2004 she was offered a Teach New Zealand Scholarship which she declined in favour of accepting a Massey First Year Bursary to study at the Maori Visual Arts Programme based at Te Putahi a Toi, Massey University. The following year she received the Manaaki Tauira Grant to assist her to continue her education. She credits her studies with this school and its prestigious tutors/mentors with helping her to reconnect with her Maori Culture and family. She supported her daughter and her studies by working at Te Manawa Science Centre, Art Gallery and Museum. In 2007 she relocated to Derby, Western Australia and accepted a position to coordinate and rejuvenate the Kimberley Art Prize, the oldest running Art Exhibition of WA, currently in its 43rd year. This privilege is one of the highlights of her career. During her time working with the Derby Shire she increased sponsorship from local business for various art prize categories, extended the youth art prizes, and introduced the new “open” category allowing artists from outside of Western Australia to submit their art for consideration. Subsequently she became a judge for the MarshART Competition, unique to an area whose community can use vast areas of dried Mudflats to create massive sized mud drawings that can only be judged from an Aeroplane. MarshART is held during the BOAB festival (now in its 48th year) and features performance, traditional dance, outdoor film screenings, large-scale installations and fire sculpture. Her next challenging role was in Yalata, South Australia, managing the Women’s Centre there. Integral to her role was to rejuvenate the women’s group and foster leadership roles; provide a dedicated arts program including curatorial skills workshops, an outreach camp, community and public exhibitions. When she returned to New Zealand she began working in Community arts and running her own non-profit art exhibition space, Fenestrarts, for emerging artists. Collaborative Exhibitions are her favourite kind; she enjoys the vitality added to exhibitions through the exchange of ideas with the many talented artists she meets. Right now, however, her passion and time is dedicated to working with the most energetic, vital and unique artists she has ever seen, at Creative Journeys.

Deidre Dahlberg has helped fund