New art market to come
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.