New art mar­ket to come

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - CARLY THOMAS

Mov­ing for­ward and not look­ing back is the mantra of the new Com­mu­nity Arts chair­man Shaun Kay.

Kay took over the po­si­tion in De­cem­ber and says: ‘‘I am not one for talk­ing about things and do­ing noth­ing.

‘‘I want to get things mov­ing. This place is all about the com­mu­nity and it needs to be brought back to the peo­ple. Ev­ery­one says how good it was here in the 70s and it was, but we can’t look back. We have to do things now.’’

The arts cen­tre’s first idea for 2017 is a mar­ket that, Kay said, will fea­ture lo­cal artists and mak­ers and will be held monthly.

‘‘It will be for and by the ten­ants of the build­ing and we will be here to sup­port them in what they need. We need to get this place hum­ming. It’s about bring­ing all that good stuff back home again. It’s old school, with new school styles.’’

Kay is keen to make the arts cen­tre a place where peo­ple come for sup­port and said he has freed up $20,000 from the Com­mu­nity Arts bud­get to be put to­wards lo­cal art groups.

‘‘The money is go­ing all over. We need to sup­port the peo­ple who are pro­mot­ing art within the art sec­tor. Ev­ery­body ben­e­fits from that. We need to build that trust back up again with the com­mu­nity, be­cause that’s who this place is for.’’

Kay has been in talks with other Palmer­ston North or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Palmer­ston North City Li­brary, the Palmer­ston North Coun­cil and Te Manawa about work­ing to­gether.

Kay said there were a few ex­hibit­ing spa­ces left for 2017.

The maker’s mar­ket is on Fe­bru­ary 5 at the Square Edge build­ing.

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