Pop-up space devoted to Southland artists

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Pop-Up Art Exhibition curator and administrator Estelle Kelly with some of the artworks which will feature in the Invercargill gallery from tomorrow.

GIVING artists a place to exhibit work and making art more accessible to the public are two reasons a new pop-up art exhibition space has been initiated.

Tomorrow night, curator and administrator Estelle Kelly will open the Pop-Up Art Exhibition, which will be packed full of works from about 15 to 20 Invercargill artists.

“There will be a variety of different artworks.

“We have sculpture, photography and paintings,” Kelly said.

She contacted artists, some of whom had won ILT art awards and others she knew through her course at the Southern Institute of Technology, to see if they would be interested in supporting the exhibition and was pleased with the response.

The artists were aged from 11 to 75 and while most of their works were for sale, some were on loan for the duration of the exhibition.

Kelly decided to set up the not-for-profit gallery to try to provide art to everyone and give artists a place to exhibit, she said.

It was hoped she would receive funding in the future so the gallery could become a more permanent fixture in Invercargill.

The exhibition, upstairs to the right of the Ivan Bulling building on Tay St, would be open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am-6pm.

The opening night is from 6pm tomorrow and the public was welcome to attend. Free entry.

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