Arts' profile to get month-long boost

02:21, Jul 01 2014
Marlborough Arts Month
ALL SORTS: Marlborough District Council's Susie Witehira, left, and Millennium Art Gallery director Cressida Bishop hold brochures crammed with details about Marlborough Arts Month.

Climate change warnings on canvas, college rock music, amateur theatre, and a festival of New Zealand books are packed into the first Marlborough Arts Month.

Titled "Follow Me," it runs from June 28-July 31 and features about 60 different events.

There are art exhibitions in Blenheim and Picton galleries and community halls; dance, drama and music events to suit a range of tastes; and workshops that give everyone a chance to extend their creativity in print-making, painting or playing the ukulele.

The arts month concept was developed by Millennium Art Gallery director Cressida Bishop and Marlborough District Council events strategy co-ordinator Susie Witehira.

The aim was to co-ordinate events so each received maximum exposure, Witehira said.

"By bringing all these activities together under one arts banner, I hope people will notice what's on and come along."


Coinciding with the July school holidays, arts month events would hopefully attract people visiting the region as well as Marlborough residents.

"Hundreds of people of all ages participate in cultural activities in Marlborough, yet although the quality and diversity of arts practice is immense, the arts programme here is still relatively low profile, compared with some other regions," Bishop said.

"We hope the new arts month promotion will change that."

Copies of the Follow Me art month brochure can be collected from art galleries, the council, Marlborough District libraries, participating venues or viewed online at

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