Unified voice for arts in south
The new "championing body" of arts in Southland has started work to grow the region's art scene.
The Arts South Charitable Trust, developed after Venture Southland's Project Art Southland last year, met for the first time this month to begin work on creating a stronger art scene in the south.
Trust co-chair Trevor Daley said so far trust members had only sorted out the "nuts and bolts" of the process, but they would soon begin working to strengthen the arts in Southland.
Art organisations and artists of all disciplines working in Southland had to cope with the challenges of isolation and a small population, issues the trust hoped to help overcome, he said.
Despite the impression Southland was a sports-mad region, Daley believed there was a strong arts community in the province.
He had seen this in action while performing as a musician, he said.
"If music was the Ranfurly Shield, we would have held it for the last 30 years. No-one else would have got a look in."
The trust would help this community speak with a unified voice and get more people, especially young people, involved in art, he said.
Venture Southland creative projects manager Angela Newell said the trust would act as the "championing body" for artists and organisations in the region.
Trust members would interact with other key players involved in the arts by forming subcommittees and advisory groups further down the track, she said.
The Arts South Charitable Trust team is: Dawn Glynn and Trevor Daley, co-chairs; Amanda Watt, treasurer; Tracey Wright- Tawha, secretary; Claire Lenihan, Rebecca Amundsen, Anna Claire Thompson, Michelle Templeton, Felicia Goffin and Gwen Neave.
An 11th representative is yet to be chosen by the Waihopai runaka.
The Southland Times