Creative Opportunity for Locals



Ceire Hopley with The Seen: Celebrating the Arts in Kapiti and Horowhenua

Otaki-based graphic designer and editor, Ceire Hopley, has revamped a previous publication, Thread, and come up with an arts and events theme. ‘The Seen: Celebrating the Arts in Kapiti and Horowhenua’ is a fortnightly publication which blends a range of poems, short stories and illustrations with a calendar of local events within the Kapiti district, including art, music, markets, fitness and dog walking groups.

‘The publication is a platform for local creative people to share their work on a one-off or regular basis, as well as being a handy guide to entertainment within the arts and cultural sector,’ explained Ms Hopley.

It was the success of Thread, combined with a bit of local research, and a grant from Creative Communities, that led to the new ‘slightly tweaked’ publication.

‘There is not much around which invites the audience to be a co-creator. Most things that are presented require no more than passive engagement. The idea is to facilitate something that many people can have a small part in, creating on an on-going basis.

There is so much talent in our region — I’d like to provide a showcase for this work in a simple, accessible way. I’m really looking forward to receiving submissions – I hope people are not too shy to send work in.’

Submissions (poems, short stories, illustrations and comic strips) can be sent to: or

You can find free copies of The Seen at Kapiti cafes, galleries, libraries and retail outlets.