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New ideas for Arts Council events in 2013

February 27th, 2013
[by David Armstrong]

Several ideas for new art-related events were put forward at the Motueka Arts Council annual general meeting held last night, but the winter workshop programme remains the jewel in the group's crown.

Recreation Centre manager Jody Maru suggested a big fashion show to be held on a stage at her workplace, with people entering clothing in several competition categories such as ball gowns, wedding dresses, retro clothing and wearable arts.

This would build on efforts by the High School at its "Fashionesta" show last year, but on a bigger stage with a broader range of entries.

William Cleaver, the owner of Resurgence Coffee, told the Arts Council about the art gallery he is developing in the large space at the back of his coffee and retro shop behind the High Street clock tower. (See our earlier story.)

With display space available cheaply for any local artists on a monthly programme rotation, he hopes to make it the largest such gallery, space-wise, in the Nelson region.

The Arts Council expressed their support for this venture, and may be able to work with William and Vision Motueka to build a database of local artists and people interested in viewing local art.

Other ideas brought up at the meeting included a godwits-themed sculpture for the museum forecourt or the clock tower corner, and a "rose garden party" (with Devonshire tea, music and displayed art) at Pethybridge gardens in November.

All of the Arts Council committee members were happy to stay on for another year's service, and Jody Maru offered to join them, which should help inject some new ideas into their work.

In her chairperson's report, Shirley Frater said the Winter Workshops, a programme which is now firmly established in the Motueka area, had a record-breaking number of enrolments in 2012, at 330 people. She said that given there are no longer night classes for adults in Motueka, this is proving a very valuable community activity.

The Arts Council was again well supported with funds last year from Canterbury Community Trust, Tasman District Council and Creative Communities Tasman, along with many local businesses and organisations, and its finances are in good shape.

This year a big change was implemented to make the annual financial reporting much easier to follow. The end-of-year reporting date was moved from mid-year to the end of the calendar year.

In the past the year ending took place while money for workshop enrolments and payment to tutors were in progress, and large funding grants were applied for while the previous year's ones were still being spent. Tallying at the end of the year will allow all these transactions to be complete, so income and expenditure can be easily matched.

 



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