Guest artist to make his mark

Riversdale Arts president Kerryn Miller alongside the Manu tukutuku (Maori kite) installation she has created in front of Riversdale Community Centre ahead of this year's exhibition.

ARTISTS from throughout New Zealand will have their works on show at the Riversdale Art Exhibition next month.

President Kerryn Miller said this year’s guest artist would provide something a bit different with Queenstown tattoo artist Renata Karena filling the role.

“It’s a form of art and it’s permanent,” she said.

“I just thought it was a bit different – to make people uncomfortable as well.”

As part of his guest artist role, Karena would be completing live tattoos on the opening night and during the exhibition, she said.

There would be about 400 mixed media artworks on display including sculpture, glass, ceramics and “all sorts of things” most of which would be for sale with a wide range of prices, she said.

“There should be something for everyone.”

Artwork would need to stay in-situ until the end of the exhibition.

Workshops to learn different art forms and processes would be held at the weekends, involving wire sculpture, lino printing, willow ball making, felting and stitch art.

Anyone wanting to attend a workshop should book online.

A gift shop and cafe would also be open.

The exhibition, to be held at the Riversdale Community Centre, officially opens on Friday, July 2, at 7pm and runs from 11am to 5pm until Sunday, June 11, when it will be open from 11am to 3pm.

Tickets for the opening night are available at and booking for workshops at

Anyone wanting to book a tattoo with Karena could go to his instagram page,