Artists wanted for demo art project

Christchurch Mail - - GARDENING - MONIQUE STEELE

A build­ing await­ing de­mo­li­tion will be given a colour­ful farewell.

Artists will make their mark on the walls of the Pres­by­te­rian Sup­port Ser­vices build­ing on Bealey Ave be­fore the earth­quake-dam­aged build­ing will be de­mol­ished in late Novem­ber.

The build­ing sus­tained dam­age dur­ing the Christchurch earth­quakes and needed to be re­built.

The open art project, in which artists from all over Christchurch can reg­is­ter in­ter­est, will take place on Novem­ber 11 and 12.

The art-filled walls will be open to the pub­lic to view from midNovem­ber un­til its de­mo­li­tion.

Pres­by­te­rian Sup­port Up­per South Is­land (PSUSI)’s art project was the group’s way of hon­our­ing more than 100 years of so­cial ser­vice in New Zealand, based at the Bealey Ave premises for the last 24 years.

‘‘We do so much amaz­ing stuff and the pub­lic don’t re­ally know,’’ said PSUSI mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions ad­vi­sor Vivi­enne Wal­lace.

‘‘It’s not just an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to graf­fiti the build­ing, it’s peo­ple who have an emo­tional con­nec­tion to what we’re do­ing for peo­ple.’’

PSUSI sup­ported chil­dren, youth, older peo­ple and fam­i­lies from Nel­son, Marl­bor­ough, West Coast, North and MidCan­ter­bury, and Christchurch com­mu­ni­ties with ser­vices in­clud­ing so­cial work, coun­selling, pro­grammes for the el­derly and com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives.

‘‘We’d love to have all quar­ters of the com­mu­nity, re­flect­ing all the dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the com­mu­nity.’’

Re­sene will do­nate the paint to the project.

Pho­to­graphs will be taken of the build­ing to doc­u­ment the art for the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s 2018 cal­en­dars.

PSUSI will leave its cur­rent earth­quake-dam­aged site next month, mov­ing into tem­po­rary of­fices in cen­tral city.

Vaughan Mil­ner, PSUSI Chief Ex­ec­u­tive said the new tem­po­rary Amuri St premises will be a good spot for clients and staff over the next year.

‘‘We’re very ex­cited about be­ing able to re­build and plan a fresh start in new premises at 44 Bealey Ave.’’

In 2016/17 more than 7200 clients used 66 PSUSI ser­vices through the 10 re­gional or satel­lite ser­vice cen­tres through­out the up­per South Is­land.

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The to-be­de­mol­ished Bealey Av­enue Pres­by­te­rian Sup­port site will have a makeover.

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