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ALEXIA JOHNSTON

@alliedpress.co.nz

An exhibition celebrating Central Otago’s night skies has been extended to coincide with Matariki.

The exhibition, called “Nightscapes Photography Exhibition” which opened at the start of this month, will continue for about three weeks longer than initially planned to help symbolise the coming of the Maori New Year, also known as Matariki.

The “Nightscapes Photography Exhibition”, on display at Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, will end on July 7.

The display is a collaboration between Central Otago Reap, Central District Arts Trust and Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery.

It features works by artists from Central Otago, Queenstown and the lakes area.

Central Otago District Arts Trust co-ordinator Rebekah Dejong and Central Otago Reap board chairman Dr Roger Browne were pleased with the way the exhibition had come together, using works by people who had captured the night sky throughout the district.

The exhibition also celebrates “coinciding with art and science”.

Organisers said it not only gave Central Otago artists a chance to exhibit their works, but also exemplify the power of art “to portray a message and start conversations, which further explore topics of relevance – like the [recent] World Environment Week theme of air pollution”.

Dr Brown agreed.

“Air pollution is one of the United Nation’s 17 sustainable development goals. We are using the visibility of the night sky here as a means of displaying the importance of clean air and what we would lose if we had air pollution, as many cities around the world do.”

He said one-third of the world’s population could not see the night sky.

Central Otago Reap’s involvement with the exhibition has helped showcase its dedication to its sustainable development goals, Enviroschools and community sustainability facilitator Anna Robinson said.

One of its aims was to foster a better sustainability and resilience within the community.