Variety of artists at Collingwood St

ANNA PEARSON
Last updated 11:16 14/09/2011
Collingwood St artists
MARION VAN DIJK
ARTISTIC FLAIR: Chris Barkway, Mandy Preston, Maria Middlebrook-Wells and John Caldwell are four of the 16 artists who will have work exhibited in The Collingwood Street Gallery.

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An eclectic mix of Nelson artists are moving into an old house together on Collingwood St.

The Collingwood Street Gallery opens today, featuring work by more than a dozen Nelsonians – from emerging to established artists.

The arrangement is temporary, as the old building has been tagged for removal or demolition at the end of January.

Organiser and artist Maria Middlebrook-Wells said six rooms and the building's hallways would be occupied by art for about six weeks – or possibly longer if the gallery was well-received.

Wells emailed artists to see if they wanted to come on board when the building became available.

She had a mixed response, from newly-fledged Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology graduates to well-established local artists like Margaret Johnston and Deb Hunter.

"It is a great opportunity for people who perhaps don't have their work out that much – and it is supposed to be a bit of fun."

  • The gallery, at 90a Collingwood St, will open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm until October 23 – unless extended – and opens at 5pm today.

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