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.


Sustainable Careers for Artists and Arts Practitioners – Summary of consultation

Today we’ve released a summary of the consultation undertaken in late 2019 on the discussion document Sustainable Careers for Artists and Arts Practitioners Umanga Toitū mō ngā Ringa Rehe Toi, me ngā Tohunga Toi. The purpose of this mahi and the discussion document was to continue the kōrero about what the findings of the Profile […]


He Waka Tuia ART + MUSEUM will open to the public on Saturday, September 12. Co-managers David Dudfield and Gemma Baldock said the opening is the culmination of months of hard work and planning. “The team is thrilled to set an opening date and we are all working very hard behind the scenes to install […]

Funding Opportunities for the Arts

Today, Monday 3 August, Creative New Zealand opens the first opportunities in its 12-month investment plan, announced in July and following the completion of its first phase COVID-19 emergency response. The opportunities opened this morning offer funding for short-term projects and longer-term planning. The 12-month investment plan offers arts funding through to 30 June 2021, […]

MEDIA RELEASE  November 4, 2019  Arts Murihiku implementing community-led arts strategy The Arts Murihiku Trust is beginning to implement a community-led regional arts strategy –building on the Arts Murihiku pilot programme. The volunteer-based trust was formed to administer the two-year pilot programme, initiated and funded by Creative New Zealand, aimed at growing the capacity and […]

Corey Varcoe interview

Take a listen to Lyndal talking to Corey Varcoe about his exhibition at Chiaroni Gallery in this latest podcast from the Art is Our Perception series

In the southern cultural firmament, Matariki matters.

Te Timatanga Hou, Te Ara Hou-New beginnings. New pathways Exciting things happen through building relationships, a strong and shared vision, combined with planning, hard work, passion and enthusiasm. The celebration in Murihiku of Matariki next month is an example of this. Matariki is commonly known as the Māori New Year. It is associated with the star […]

“Collaboration, it’s the name of the game.”

Apologies to Bobby Darin for the misuse of his lyrics. Collaboration and partnerships are indeed the name of the game and this is evident in the South. The announcement of the partnership between the Southland Museum and Art Gallery and the Invercargill Public Art Gallery is an example of this. Both organisations are staffed with […]

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 […]