Progress made on creative space

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Co-managers Gemma Baldock and David Dudfield at the He Waka Tuia Art + Museum in Invercargill. PHOTO: LAURA SMITH

SOUTHLAND’S transitional art and museum space, He Waka Tuia Art + Museum, is months away from opening, two years after the museum shut to the public.

Located on the corner of Don and Kelvin Sts in Invercargill, co-manager David Dudfield said it was hoped the space and first exhibition would be ready for the public in a few months’ time.

“We’re super stoked we can finally get it all out again.”

He said his favourite thing was children and families would be able to enjoy exhibitions.

Fellow co-manager Gemma Baldock said the first exhibition Choice had been selected by the community during a consultation process.

“We’re focused on exhibiting around local collections, people and places, that’s what we want people to access to start with.”

As the space was environmentally controlled, there were options for future exhibitions to be brought in from other museums.

The space still required setting up before artwork, taonga and objects could be brought in.

Ms Baldock said there had been support from the Invercargill City Council, the community and community funders.

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