Arts Alive and Kicking in Wanaka

3 June 2020

It’s all good news in the arts world in our town. During lockdown we started a ‘Wanaka Arts Lockdown’ group on Facebook which has been a great success. We have had a bundle of images weekly, posted from our members and other artists in the community. All showing and sharing what they have been doing during lockdown and communicating with each other. This has been really inspiring and such a success that we decided to keep it going. The best part about this is that we have found lots of new artists here in our own backyard.

This has been a great foundation for us to work from, as we begin to ramp up for our annual Labour Weekend Exhibition. Last year’s exhibition was the biggest and best we have ever had and we have some fantastic ideas to build on this for 2020. We have heard many success stories from our members as a result of our Ruby Red Exhibition, our young artists have blossomed following the Grahame Sydney critique session and one of our favourite local sculptors has been inundated with requests for commissioned work.

An exciting new supporter of the Arts in our region is the Three Lakes Cultural Trust whose purpose is to support and encourage arts and culture in our communities. This is really exciting for us, maybe one day we will have a long awaited arts centre in Wanaka. Also, it is good news to hear the Government is recognising and supporting Arts in New Zealand.

Wanaka Arts want to showcase the huge diversity of art being created in Wanaka. The best way for us to do this and create momentum in Wanaka is for all artists and creative people to combine our passion and resources and get together to make it happen.

We are calling on all artists to join Wanaka by becoming members, contributing to our Wanaka Arts Lockdown page on Facebook and exhibiting with us in October.