New arts website launched

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Arts Murihiku executive officer Lisa Tou-McNaughton (left) helps Southland artist Gemma Baldock unpack her artwork Bounty, which won an Inspirational New Zealand award at the Waitakere's Trusts Art and Sculpture Awards Exhibition last month.

SOUTHLAND artists and arts organisations will have a central place to showcase their work and connect with other artists with the launch of a new website being developed by Arts Murihiku.

“The south has many hidden artistic treasures that need to be highlighted and celebrated. One of the ways Arts Murihiku aims to do this is through [the] website,” executive officer Lisa Tou-McNaughton said.

Arts Murihiku is a regional arts body set up by the Murihiku Arts Incubator last year in collaboration with the Community Trust of Southland (CTOS).

“The purpose of the website is to connect artists with each other and [so] the public can see the great work being done in Southland.”

It was hoped as many artists and arts organisations as possible would be listed on the site to make it the “one-stop-shop” for the arts, Tou-McNaughton said.

The website will include a directory of artists and arts organisations in the region, an events calendar, resources to assist with funding applications and sponsorship, an arts blog and information about Arts Murihiku.

Artists and arts organisation in the CTOS area, which included Queenstown, Arrowtown, the Wakatipu basin and West Otago, could be listed on the site at no cost.

Tou-McNaughton said artists wanting to be listed on the website would be able to log in, create an account and upload their own information and images, giving them control of their listing.

For those who needed assistance to put their work on the site, Arts Murihiku staff could help.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for artists to get their work out there and connect with people.”

Jane Pestell-Litten, of the Arrowtown Creative Arts Society, and Southland artist Gemma Baldock were among those keen to be a part of the initiative.

“It’s a much needed and greatly empowering initiative, unifying and advocating for an otherwise diverse group of people who are often solo practitioners,” Pestell-Litten said.

Baldock said it would be a central place for art buyers to go to find artworks, rather than them trying to find individual artists.

“It is a really great opportunity to get your name out there in the Southland area [and elsewhere].”

The website is expected to be live by the end of the year. For more information, email kiaora@artsmurihiku.co.nz

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