Restoration via art projects.

YikesInternational was established in 2011 and has become an integral part
of the community.
Our purpose is to undergird the work of Victory School in catering to the refugee community of Nelson.
The refugee families are given basic furniture when they arrive in Nelson.
YikesInternational wants to help the children,by upcycling furniture to reflect their own personal tastes and also to develop skill for the children in woodwork, painting, designing… These Kids get a desk or a chair that is theirs. They gain practical skills that they can use in their future but they are also learning life lessons about being patient and working hard (sanding and preparation isn't glamorous) but its all part of what it takes to end up with great results.

"My name is Tara I teach this restoration program and my background is that I
have a Diploma in Visual Arts where I majored in furniture making and design.
Love seeing these kids creativity come out especially with the new skills and
ideas they are now armed with."

Yikes Art Director: Tara Jones in her element surrounded by art!

We are now opening this desk and chair projects up to some of our other Yikes After School programmes.The Upcycling projects have been running since 2013 and the kids still have so much enthusiasm for this project.
Of course upcycling and giving these kids the opportunities on the tools requires
resources. We are a government-funded organization and funds are very limited. Any help from local businesses would be greatly appreciated.

We can advertise any support on our website which is viewed by many families. We also profile the furniture programme out our childrens market and we can profile your business too.

Thanks for your consideration.


(In the home of renowned Nelson artist - Jane Evans)