Hub a hive of creativity

Fiordland Arts Society committee member Jan Popham and newly elected president Chris Morison in The Art Hub in Te Anau which will be open at Labour Weekend.

THE Fiordland Arts Society will be showcasing local talent at its new premises The Art Hub in Te Anau this weekend.

The hub, located on the corner of Town Centre and Mokonui St, was the site for the inaugural pop-up exhibition, initiated by former president Trevor Bruce, at Easter weekend.

Newly elected president Chris Morison said the 40th Fiordland Arts Society Exhibition, due to be held earlier this year, was cancelled due to Covid-19 and a lack of volunteers.

He said the club was now welcoming more art diversity and all the intrinsic values an art venue could offer.

“It is a club evolving and creating art opportunities for Te Anau Basin/Manapouri residents.

“There is a lot more to art than art and the Fiordland Arts Society wishes to help facilitate art opportunities in Te Anau. The Art Hub has been very successful bringing many people and artists together,” he said.

The Society was formed by a group of local artists in July 1981.

The first exhibition was held at Labour Weekend in 1981 at the THC in Te Anau.

Guest artists were Jonathon White, Peter Beadle, Hone Tuwhare, Denise Copland and Joy Cragg.

The THC Te Anau (now Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas), is where the Labour Weekend Exhibition has always been held.

Morison said the Art Hub had been used as a teaching and meeting venue and its central location was a big bonus for Te Anau residents.

“The Fiordland Arts Society vision is to see more art classes from guest artists from a wider area at the venue to fulfil more art and other medium opportunities in Te Anau.”

Committee member and potter Jan Popham said funding received from the Meridian Manapouri Community Fund had recently provided two quality pottery wheels with other funding avenues being explored.

There had been interest in pottery sessions from residents in Fiordland as well as the wider area including Tuatapere and Monawai, she said.

More than 30 artists were exhibiting at the Art Hub with continual inquiries from more artists. The age range of artists was from 13 to 70-plus and it was expected art from preschool children would be displayed to show off future talent, Morison said.

“I am very lucky, as the new Fiordland Arts Society president, to be surrounded by a great team of very talented and skilled committee members and many people outside the club who all share a new vision of creating more art opportunities for the benefit of the people here in the Te Anau Basin.

“We will build on a strong foundation of art created over the previous 40 years and create an active art club both for learning and exhibiting.”

  • Fiordland Arts Society Exhibition at The Art Hub, Te Anau, Labour Weekend, from 10am-4pm.