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Invercargill artist Katherine Buess shows motorcycle enthusiast Greg Diack some of her work in her studio. 

A UNIQUE arts tour is being held in conjunction with the Burt Munro Challenge for the first time.

Organised by Arts Murihiku, the inaugural Boutique Arts Tour is being held on Friday, February 9, taking in three Southland artists’ workshops.

Arts Murihiku executive officer Lisa Tou-McNaughton said the intention was to run art tours several times a year in conjunction with other events happening in the region.

“The Burt Munro Challenge was a good fit,” she said.

“[The participants] are an eclectic bunch of people that come from throughout New Zealand and the world, and I am sure some of them will love art.”

The three artists selected for the tour were mixed media artist Katherine Buess, master glass sculptor Phil Newbury and painter/sculptor John Wishart, with the tour concluding at the Invercargill Brewery’s Asylum Gallery.

Tou-McNaughton said Newbury and Wishart, in particular, had an industrial/engineering feel to their work, something which would be of interest to participants of the Burt Munro Challenge.

Initially, the tour had been intended solely for participants of the Burt Munro Challenge, with the tour conducted on motorcycle, but it had been decided to open it up to the general public and transport would be available for those who did not have a motorbike, she said.

Buess said she had wanted to be involved in the art tour because it was an opportunity to widen the audience exposed to art and make it available to different groups who would not necessarily be expected to like art.

For more information or to book email kiaora@artsmurihiku.co.nz. Limited places available. Cost $40 per person.

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