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.


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 […]

Clearing up some mistruths

As the Manager/Curator of the Invercargill Public Art Gallery, I have become quite accustomed to hearing misinformation about our move from Anderson House, the public art collection that we care for, and the future direction of the arts and cultural scene on a daily basis. Most of the time, both myself and the gallery staff […]

An Arts Morning in Invercargill

Review by Aedan Mulligan, age 6, St Theresa’s Primary School Storytelling by Diane Ferlatte and Anna Jarrett A Bit of a Yarn: Re-Stitch Michele Beevors: Anatomy Lessons 2005-2018 Mum decided that Brendan and me needed some culture so on Saturday morning, into town we went. First of all, we were impressed with the yarn bombing […]

Trolls on social media, and what to do about them

Not everyone on the internet is there to support you, or even ignore you. Some get kicks out of trolling, or making life difficult for others. Often this is done anonymously, but many times people comment on posts with their own name, and happily say things they wouldn’t say face to face. It can hurt. […]

What the new Facebook Algorithm means for you

Facebook changes all of the time. Take a deep breath and get over it. It’s the only thing that won’t change. In the latest algorithm change, Facebook is trying to keep you on Facebook for longer, without clicking through to another site. They want to be the whole internet, not just the busiest site on […]

Five top tips for Facebook

80% of what you post should entertain me, inform me, wow me. 20% is for other. Other means your promotional material. Stuff about you. If that seems weird, here’s why we use the 80/20 split: Each time someone likes, shares or comments – it tells Facebook that person wants to see more from your page. […]