Living treasures

Last updated 05:00 15/03/2014
Peg Moorhouse
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Such a treasure: Textile artist Peg Moorhouse with the medal she received as the first Marlborough Living Cultural Treasure. Nominations are open to appoint more ‘‘treasures’’ next year.

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If you were thinking of making a nomination for the 2014 Marlborough Living Cultural Treasure awards, you had better be quick - nominations close on Monday.

Marlborough has three living cultural treasures, awarded during the past two years.

They are 97-year-old weaver Peg Moorhouse, Marlborough Children's Theatre director Duncan Whiting and renowned children's author Joy Cowley.

The living cultural treasures programme was developed two years ago by Marlborough Museum to honour the people who have helped create a stronger community.

Nominations for this year's awards close on Monday, March 17.

To be eligible, people had to have inspired others through achieving a lifetime of excellence in their chosen cultural field.

Marlborough Museum chief executive Steve Austin said nominees could include authors, musicians, entertainers, writers, food or wine experts, singers, dancers, historians, artists and actors.

"Cultivating community spirit is part of generating a creative, vibrant and successful community," he said. "Identifying, celebrating and documenting our people now becomes an important and inspiring resource for the future."

The selection panel could create more than one living cultural treasure from public nominations each year, but there would be no more than 10 at any time. This year's honour will be announced on April 11 at the museum.

Nomination forms are available from Marlborough Museum, the Marlborough District Council, Bookworld and The Marlborough Express office. Nominations will be accepted until the end of the business day on Monday.

■ Further information is available by calling 03 578 1712 or emailing info@marlborough museum.org.nz.

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- The Marlborough Express

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