Art Blog

Here’s where we’ll share industry ideas, essays and opinion pieces written by leaders in art around Murihiku. We’d love you to contribute. Send us your ideas, or questions you’d like answered and we’ll publish some great reads.


Kindness, Naivety, Dreams, Schemes = Potential

Kindness, Naivety, Dreams, Schemes= Potential in Murihiku/ Southland Keep saying it and people will start believing it. Murihiku/ Southland- New Zealand’s best kept secret. A place where dreams are possible. A land of unique and interesting stories, waiting to be told. A people full of kindness, a strong sense of community, a touch of naivety, […]

New Arts Fund for individuals

Community Trust of Southland broadens opportunities of art funding for individuals The Community Trust of Southland has today announced a new arts funding programme Create, Margot Hishon, Chair of the Trust said. The fund is designed to support individual emerging and established creative practitioners across all art forms. This new programme replaces the previous art […]

Put Rural Art on the Murihiku Map

Kia Ora I would like to encourage more art to happen in rural areas please. In particular public art whether in a paddock, on a shed, along a fence or anywhere innovative. Occasionally I have seen those green feed bales with letters/art painted on them. One very cool example was `HAPPY NEW YR` with each […]

‘Art is our Perception’ Podcast Library

Lyndal and Darren Ludlow take turns talking art and interview creative Southlander’s. Download or listen to the entire podcast library here      

Operatunity. And Sandwiches.

Other than several cast members I was the youngest person in the room at the Civic Theatre for the Operatunity Daytime Concert on Friday, August 3. To be honest, I was only really there to see my actual actual BFF and life partner Hamish McGregor (is it bad that I had to check how to […]

When arts and sports converge

Arts as an integral part of our Murihiku/ Southland community. This is Arts Murihiku’s aim. Arts to be part of our everyday lives to add richness and vibrancy. What do you get when you marry arts with sport? Lots more fun for everyone. Believe it or not arts and sports are already inextricably intertwined – it’s […]

Lets make a plan

Let’s make a plan A cliché is a well-worn phrase, this is one of my favourites. “Failing to plan is a plan for failure.” I have referred to this cliché with many of my students and also have endeavoured to try and implement it myself. Arts Murihiku’s next big project is to work with our […]

Arts Murihiku, supporting creativity in the South

Arts Murihiku, supporting creativity in the South. Arts Murihiku’s development as been an interesting, exciting, challenging and at times a whirlwind of craziness. Here’s a bit of a recap of Arts Murihiku past, present and future. Past A group of intrepid creatives and organiser types voluntarily got together to tender for a pilot programme to […]

Rain rain, go away and maybe don’t come another day

As it pours with rain outside, I sit here at my computer trying to decide on a topic for this blog. Let me tell you, it is not easy! There has been so many things happening at the gallery over the last few months that it’s hard to keep up! From AGM planning to knitted […]