Arts expo a chance for connections

Invercargill artist Trudy Burdon exhibits her works at the AMplify Expo at the Ascot Park Hotel in Invercargill on Saturday.

INVERCARGILL artist Trudy Burdon only took up her craft about two years ago.

For the self-taught artist, Saturday’s AMplify Expo organised by Arts Murihiku was an experience to be treasured.

“It’s a great opportunity for Southlanders to showcase their artistic skill,” she said.

While being able to capture a wide audience with a constant stream of public coming to have a look, it was the fact she got to meet like-minded, creative people which was just as important.

“I really love the community connection that a day like this brings.”

For organiser Rebecca Amundsen, the day was a complete success.

“I had it pictured in my mind what it was going to be like,” she said.

“But this is far more colourful and way better than I imagined.”

About 43 artists and organisations and a dozen speakers and performers took part in the event, which had the primary objective of highlighting and showcasing opportunities for the arts in Southland.

Attendees were treated to live lounge sessions, where they could hear more from artists from a variety of backgrounds, as well as view artists’ work and take part in hands-on activities.