This project was conceived to celebrate the regeneration of the arts community in the wake of the COVID-19 to highlight the extraordinary work produced locally by embracing the theme of ‘renewal.’ Our initiative culminated in a multi-day combined community event incorporating both visual and performing arts.
Applications were open to residents across the Wakatipu basin and Upper Clutha, including Luggate, Hāwea, Albert Town, Wānaka, Cardrona, Makarora, Arrowtown, Queenstown, Gibbston, Glenorchy and Kingston.
The Art Renewal Project benefited the local arts practitioners who were selected to create work for the community events. The events allowed visual and performing art practitioners to showcase work based on the theme ‘Renew’. A peer review panel selected works from applications and a financial contribution was provided to these practitioners to create their work and be showcased in the community events.
"Taking discarded, forgotten glass cups, plates and bowls from secondhand stores that were once part of a complete set and using the slip casting process, I make ceramic replicas of these pieces to make complete sets again."
Careful thought and meticulous effort has gone into the design of these objects. By replicating this design and recreating sets I honour the original maker, showcasing their design once again through a different lens. What once was discarded and forgotten, becomes whole and useful afresh.