Southern artists collaborate

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POETRY, photography and people have been combined to acknowledge and celebrate various prominent South Invercargill personalities and community group representatives.
The Down South Heads Up photographic and poetry exhibition opens on Monday at the South Alive Community Artspace at the rear of the South City Mall.
It showcases the photography of David Russell and poetry by Edna Weedon and David Griffin, who interviewed the well-known local identities and group members.
Artspace volunteer Ari Edgecombe described the selected people and groups as ‘‘local heroes who have lived, worked and played in the South Invercargill community’’.
The idea to hold an exhibition came about because Ari wanted to get to know more about the people in the south and the people who had touched the local community, he said.
‘‘From out of our backyard local personalities and stories have emerged that convey some of the living history and qualities of a community that is growing and thriving.’’
Among those profiled are artist Johnny Penisula, the South City Community Choir, Peggy Peek, of Murihiku Marae, organist Stanley Fox, former Invercargill city councillor and South City advocate Thelma Buck, former young people’s librarian and storyteller Liz Miller, community volunteer Peter Tetai, Kew Bush rejuvenation team members John Tait and Allan McPherson, George Thompson, of Nga Hau e Wha Marae, Georgetown Scout master Russell Walker, poet and musician Steven Ladbrook, and the Saturday morning Out of School Music group.
Í The exhibition runs until Wednesday, August 10. Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 10am-2pm, Saturday, 11am-3pm.

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