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.


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. […]

Art in Murihiku: Month by Month

There’s nothing quite like a blank canvas, and as I stare into my diary pages of 2018 I’m overwhelmed by a combination of endless possibility and anxiety that I’m already running out of weeks. Quick. Get these dates down so you don’t miss a thing. January The Invercargill Public Art Gallery on Don Street has […]

New Zealand Art Awards Calendar

Southland can often feel a little isolating. We’re a long way from the likes of Wellington or even Christchurch, but that doesn’t mean we’re any less talented. Arts Murihiku want to make sure artists and practitioners in Southland are getting all the opportunities our counterparts in larger cities are, so we’ve compiled a list of […]

Southland Safari yarn bombs in Invercargill

How art and creativity change lives

When is art more than art and what can it do for us as people? That’s a huge question. I believe that art is at the heart of what it means to be human. We were created to create. Creativity brings joy, hope, fulfilment and a sense of community. It can mean different things to […]