On­line arts hub for Porirua

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By BERNIE GRIF­FIN

Need help with stage light­ing or an art work for your gar­den? Need a mu­ral painted or an en­ter­tain­ment group for an event launch?

Are you set­ting up a gallery in a cof­fee shop? Do you have a han­ker­ing to learn the ukulele?

No prob­lem. Go on­line and click on Porirua’s newly launched arts hub – an on­line open data­base of ev­ery­one in the re­gion with some sort of artis­tic tal­ent or man­age­ment know-how.

‘‘It prom­ises to be a reg­is­ter of artists of all kinds and all gen­res,’’ said Judy McKoy, chair­woman of the Porirua Com­mu­nity Arts Coun­cil, which is be­hind the new ini­tia­tive.

‘‘Yes, it does in­clude painters, sculp­tors, pot­ters, mu­si­cians, po­ets, writ­ers and such­like.

‘‘But it can also list any­one with skills broadly as­so­ci­ated with the arts, such as man­agers, agents, tech­ni­cians, event plan­ners, make-up artists, wardrobe and prop providers and gallery own­ers.’’

She said the idea for an arts hub been in­cu­bat­ing for quite a while.

‘‘ The Arts Coun­cil is of­ten ap­proached for as­sis­tance and ad­vice around projects, per­form­ers and events.

‘‘The idea of a cen­tral point of in­for­ma­tion is def­i­nitely ful­fill­ing a need. Porirua has a huge pool of tal­ent and we see this ev­ery year with the Wai­tangi Day Fes­ti­val of the El­e­ments.

‘‘We also ex­pe­ri­ence the rich di­ver­sity of the city’s tal­ent through the stag­ing of what has grown into an an­nual Porirua- wide Matariki fes­ti­val.

‘‘Now, with the launch of the on­line hub, peo­ple can get their names out there, not for just one or two big oc­ca­sions.’’

Speak­ing at the launch of the arts hub last month, Porirua deputy mayor ’ Ana Cof­fey ac­knowl­edged the city’s high level of par­tic­i­pa­tion in the arts and the op­por­tu­ni­ties a cen­tral arts data­base of­fered.

Reg­is­ter on the Porirua Com­mu­nity Arts Coun­cil arts hub at poriru­aartscoun­cil. org. nz/ art­shub.

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