Taking art to the community


MURIHIKU’S coastline is the longest in the country, and its wild expanse is being displayed through art at a new exhibition in Invercargill.

Southern artist Janet de Wagt (pictured) has spent the past 25 years visiting Southland’s seashores, painting on location wherever she goes.

Her inspiration is clear.

From depictions of stormy seas to the calm water of the Fiordland sounds, de Wagt’s thick brushstrokes offer a glimpse of how dynamic her subject can be.

She said there were three elements to the exhibition; her art, museum collections and a community art project which enabled children and adults to craft using plastic.

“This is a way of telling a deeper story.”

You, Me and the Sea aimed to teach how plastic impacted on the ocean environment, as well as showing how to reuse it by turning it into art.

Luca Pryde (4, pictured) visited on Saturday with her family, and made an octopus out of a bottle and its label.

  • Coastal Murihiku will exhibit at He Waka Tuia in Invercargill until July 18.