Nominations called for Marlborough Living Cultural Treasure award

Weaver and artist Peg Moorhouse says it is important to recognise the great talent in Marlborough.

Weaver and artist Peg Moorhouse says it is important to recognise the great talent in Marlborough.

"Extraordinary", "inspiring" and "significant" are just some of the criteria the Marlborough Museum and Marlborough District Council are seeking for the Marlborough Living Cultural Treasure Award.

Marlburians have the opportunity to offer their nominations for those special individuals who have tirelessly contributed to cultural foundation and a source of inspiration for the Marlborough region and on a national level.

The award was established in 2012 by Marlborough Museum in partnership with Marlborough District Council. Former recipients include the late painter JS Parker, author Joy Cowley, theatre producer and director Duncan Whiting and weaver Peg Moorhouse.

Peg turned 100-years-old this year and was made Marlborough's first Living Cultural Treasure in 2012 for her 70-year dedication to weaving. The self-taught weaver and Waikawa resident has made significant contributions to community and international arts projects, as well as the fashion world. But it was her position as an inspiring member of the community that really garnered her the honour.

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Peg says she still keeps the same work schedule and is always creating something. But she says that she had no idea of her own significance within the arts community:

"I couldn't bloody believe it when they told me I had won the award. I had no idea I had even been nominated," she laughs.

Peg says that Marlborough has an enormous amount of talent and it's important to recognise that with this award:

"You look at JS Parker, and Duncan Whiting. They have made real contributions to the arts community. It's an honour to be considered in the same league," she says. "It's good to show the rest of the world the talent we have here in Marlborough. I think it's important to shine a spotlight on our community leaders."

Peg says she is going to attend the awards ceremony this year and that she has already considered her vote for the award:

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"I'll be nominating someone this year," Peg smiles, "I have just the person in mind."

Nominations close on September 30. The award will be presented in November.

Nominations can be emailed or delivered to Marlborough Museum, forms can also be found here.


 - The Marlborough Express


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