Wanaka visual and performing artists hit hard by the cancellation of events because of the Covid-19 crisis have been given ‘‘a light at the end of the tunnel’’ with the announcement of a community event this spring.
The Three Lakes Cultural Trust, which supports and advocates for arts and culture in the Queenstown Lakes area, announced it will hold a free RenewArt community event in Wanaka on October 15 and 16 and one in Queenstown on October 9 and 10.
General manager Jo Brown said the trust had secured funding of more than $150,000 to deliver and reward selected artists for their work.
Applications to exhibit at the RenewArt events opened last Saturday and close on July 23.
A selection panel comprising respected arts and cultural practitioners would select a cohort of artists to showcase their work at the October events, Ms Brown said.
Trust chairman Julian Knights said the fundamental goal of the RenewArt initiative was to reunite and inspire artists and help them reconnect with the wider community through the power and beauty of their work.
‘‘The trustees of the Three Lakes Cultural Trust are really excited to launch RenewArt after this challenging time,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s going to be a fantastic event, where our communities can come together and appreciate the amazing talent that we are so lucky to have here.
‘‘We’re proud to be providing this opportunity for our artists, who will be able to channel their passion and their experiences of the last few months into something spectacular, while simultaneously celebrating the renewal of the Queenstown Lakes arts and cultural sector,’’ Mr Knights said.
Residents from across the Wakatipu Basin and Upper Clutha are eligible to apply.
The RenewArt exhibitions will take place at the Queenstown Events Centre on October 9-10 and the Lake Wanaka Centre on October 15-16.