Calling Southlanders to get creative

(From left) Charlotte Chalmers, Bree Howe, Kerry Penisula-Spain, Kyla Allan, Abbey Pryde, Helen Lee and Sophie Squires, all of Halcyon Creative, who are hosting Unlimited — Expression of the Arts, a wearable arts and avant-garde hair event to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House at Southland Hospital.

CREATIVE people are being asked to enter Unlimited — Expression of the Arts, a wearable arts and live avant-garde hair creation fundraising event.

But they will need to be quick, with entries closing on Saturday.

Halcyon Creative co-owners Kyla Allan and Kerry Penisula-Spain and their team noticed a lack of creative events in the city and came up with the idea to give people a platform to
showcase their creativity and celebrate inventiveness and ingenuity.

‘‘We thought, let’s create our own event for everyone, while supporting a great cause,’’ Allan said.

The team would provide the platform, but needed the ‘‘super amazing creative people in Southland and beyond to come on board and make this the most epic night of art’’.

Although the event had nothing to do with the salon, the team of seven decided to host it as a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald family room at Southland Hospital, a non-profit
organisation which provided families support free of charge.

‘‘This can help to relieve stresses like paying for a place to sleep near the hospital, organising meals and providing a friendly ear to listen on the tough days,’’ Allan said.

Open to any individual or teams, corporate and social groups, competition categories included live avant-garde hair creation and wearable art showcasing biodiversity.

The team stressed the event was not a fashion competition, rather it was an ‘‘art’’ show to showcase creative flair.

‘‘We want the super supportive Southland public to express themselves through art.’’

Both categories were able to be entered by a team or individual for a complete top-to-toe look.

‘‘The possibilities are endless… no real rules.’’

The wearable arts section was for those who considered themselves a textile or creative artist who had always dreamed of entering WOW (World of WearAble Arts)… ‘‘we want
everyone’’, Allan said.

‘‘No experience is needed and team entries are welcome.

‘‘Don’t be afraid to let your mind run wild… the more eccentric and out there, the better.’’

As well as a people’s choice award, judging would take place on the night.

The second category was avant-garde hair, which was designed for all levels of experience, individuals or teams which had always wanted to create an out-of-this-world hairstyle to go on show.

This would be a live show where contestants would have 45 minutes to create their look and make it runway ready for judging, Allan said.

‘‘Again, the more eccentric and over-the-top, the better… make sure it will turn heads on the runway.’’

As well as the competitions, there will be an art auction, entertainment and more.

Penisula-Spain said to help raise money for Ronald McDonald House, donations of art were welcome.

‘‘Any medium was welcome, as long as it is the artist’s own work submitted.’’

Sponsorships, as well as auctionable items and services from businesses would also be appreciated, they said.

Entries for the competitions close on Saturday, August 31. For more information, contact or phone 03 217 2177.

  • Unlimited — Expression of the Arts, Meccaspresso, Tay St, Invercargill, Saturday, October 16, 6pm, live avant-garde hair creation and runway show, 7.30pm. Tickets will be available from September 1.