Andrew is a Director and founder of What-box Creative. Andrew is an award-winning muralist he set up his first art school ‘QT Creative Kids’ in Queenstown, NZ in 2010. His philosophy is :there is no such thing as a mistake” where children’s creativity is encouraged and fostered in a safe environment.
Andrew has a Fine Art degree from Middlesex University, London, and a Commerce degree from Canterbury in Christchurch. Andrew has studied oil painting at postgraduate level at Auckland University of Technology.
Andrew has directed dozens of community projects and workshops in New Zealand and Melbourne. Working with children, youth and the broader community to produce public art.
Children receive practical art tuition as they work on broader community projects that benefit the community that produce them. This assumption-shattering world ultimately helps to shape what children believe can be accomplished, by themselves and when part of a team. His projects engender pride in their community and add to the cultural and social fabric of where they are placed.
In the last 2 years Andrew has extended his business to work with the elderly in aged care facilities and NDIS clients. The creative sessions put the resident/participant/ art relationship first whilst giving the participants the opportunity to connect with one another and focus capacity building in a safe support environment.
Cate is also a Director of What-box Creative and has worked in the company for the last 9 years.
Cate has a Bachelor of Nursing Degree and has completed a Postgraduate Mental Health Advanced Practice Certificate in Otago New Zealand. Cate has 25 years experience in Psychiatric Nursing having worked across many settings in New Zealand, UK and Australia.
Cate has extensive experience of working with NDIS participants supporting them as they access their core supports and understands their needs for capacity building. Cate’s nursing philosophy of providing client centered care ensures What-box Creative provides a culturally safe and supportive service for all their clients.