Exhibition aims to inspire 'art city'

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 05:00 15/07/2014
South Alive Community artspace

ARTISTIC MANAGEMENT: Sculptor Johnny Penisula, left, straightens a painting as artist and curator Katy Buess labels works at the South Alive Community artspace. 

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A new "art city" to develop a creative hub is gaining support.

Organisers hope a community exhibition, featuring the work of eight south Invercargill artists, could kickstart a new artistic identity for the south city area.

South Alive co-ordinator Janette Malcolm said several internationally and nationally renowned artists lived and worked in south Invercargill.

The exhibition, held at the South Alive community artspace, was a way to showcase this talent to residents, showing them what could be achieved in the area, Malcolm said.

The exhibition was only the first step in cementing south city's reputation as a creative hub.

Another exhibition, featuring a broader range of south Invercargill artists, was already planned for later in the year, Malcolm said.

A community mural would soon be unveiled in Grace St, while the winning entry of the South Alive sculpture competition would be installed a block away from the artspace, creating a very artistic stretch, she said. If people were inspired, the area could become known as "art city", she said.

The exhibition, at the South Alive community artspace in the South City Mall, is open Wednesday to Sunday, until August 3. It highlights the work of south Invercargill artists, and includes work by Johnny Penisula, Louise Craig and Katy Buess.

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- The Southland Times

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