Raising profile of local arts
This year’s inaugural Arrowtown Spring Arts Festival could be the beginning of something big, organiser Julie Hughes believes
Hughes was tasked with coming up with a new concept for a festival in the spring shoulder season by the Arrowtown Promotion and Business Association.
She said there were a lot of funding options available for the arts and the whole industry was under-promoted and under-utilised.
‘‘I feel we have an amazing bunch of creative people – painters, sculptors – that aren’t being profiled.’’
Everybody she had spoken to was keen to get involved and there would be at least 30 different workshops to attend as well as talks and performances.
‘‘We’re not just having artists or painting but creating something that has no boundaries. We can create whatever we want, as long as it’s about teaching people new skills – showcasing the region as an artsy destination and bringing out the best in the area. ‘‘
A key event would be 24-hour theatre with Remarkable Theatre where all those interested gather on the Friday at 7.30pm and are given a basic outline. They return the next morning and spend the day creating a play including costumes, props and front of house and perform at 7.30pm that night.
There would also be art workshops and destination tours providing for beginners to and advanced students.
There would also be beginners’ knitting, garden sculpture, patchwork, photography, basic drawing with David Johns, a tour with sculptor Shane Woolridge, gallery exhibitions, two dinners with artists at the postmasters, greenstone carving and a market day on the Sunday.