Banking on Takaka gallery success

CHARLOTTE SQUIRE
Last updated 15:01 18/12/2013
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TAKE IT TO THE BANK: Art Bank members, from left, Suzy Hall, Toy Murchie, Grant Knowles and Lynn Udell outside the old BNZ building on Commercial St, Takaka.

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Takaka's old BNZ building is becoming an information centre for art this summer, with up to 60 Golden Bay artists exhibiting their work in the refurbished space.

The Art Bank opens on Commercial Street this Friday. Artists of all disciplines are dropping off work and information with organisers Lynne Udell and Grant Knowles, of the Golden Bay Arts Council.

"We're incredibly grateful for the use of this space for the summer," says Knowles.

He says the Art Bank would be a "promotion for the arts of Golden Bay" in that it featured artists' biographies and contact details alongside their work.

"We're an information centre as much as a gallery. Our intention is to direct people from here to galleries around the region," says Udell.

Knowles says they already had five artists "fully signed up" and he is confident that interest in the venture is strong.

"Within the first 12 hours of me putting the info out online I had 15 artists saying they wanted to be part of it," he says.

"It's not just 2D and 3D it's for all arts - musicians selling CDs, authors selling their books."

He says he would also love to offer some historic books about Golden Bay but they had yet to come.

A large TV screen will be running a continuous slide show of digital photography and promotional videos of Golden Bay arts. Local photographers are invited to submit photos.

"We're hoping to attract a lot of woodworkers, we're hoping there will be some wooden furniture too, there's currently no wooden furniture outlet in Golden Bay," says Knowles.

Knowles and Udell aim for 60 artists to exhibit their work in the 200 square metre space.

"There's a fantastic installation space inside the old vault," says Udell.

The Art Bank, Commercial St, Takaka, opens Friday, December 20, 6/7 days per week during summer. Contact Grant Knowles on 03 525 7974 or email tribulldrums@xtra.co.nz

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