4 Oct 2020

RenewArt reimagines Queenstown's art

From Standing Room Only, 12:35 pm on 4 October 2020

Producing pewter kiwi, stuffed kiwifruit and other nicknacks for overseas tourists - that's no longer an option for the many artists and artisans in those regions who've relied mostly on the international tourism trade.

But there are new opportunities with the influx of New Zealanders keen to travel and learn more about other parts of their own country.

Artists in the Queenstown-Lakes district have definitely changed what they're producing.   About 40 of them have been funded to perform and exhibit material based on their Covid-19 experience, at free public events called RenewArt in Queenstown and Wanaka.

The Three Lakes Cultural Trust is behind RenewArt,   Lynn Freeman speaks with one of the participating artists, jeweller Kay Turner, and with the Trust's General Manager, Jo Brown, who explains how the Trust has pitched in to assist its struggling creatives.

RenewArt 2020 starts in Queenstown on the 9th of October before heading to Wanaka on Friday the 16th of October. Just a reminder that while free these are ticketed events.