Call­ing All Art Lovers

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Af­ter the First World War it was de­cided that Pi­geon Bay was in need of a hall, as over 40 chil­dren at­tended the lo­cal schools and nearly 60 fam­i­lies lived in the lo­cal­ity. Lo­cal landowner Mr Hay gen­er­ously do­nated a piece of water­front land and con­struc­tion be­gan in 1920, us­ing lo­cal labour and ma­te­ri­als.

Util­is­ing the old springs from the Christchur­ch Town Hall, which burnt down in 1873, it also houses one of the largest sprung dance floors in New Zealand com­plete with a stage and a meet­ing room at the back of the hall. Used by lo­cal schools for plays and as­sem­blies as well as so­cial gath­er­ings, drama and mu­sic events and wed­dings, it has be­come a so­cial hub for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

And for art lovers and painters Penny Town­shend and Alice Lewis, it is the per­fect lo­ca­tion in which to hold the Pi­geon Bay Ex­hi­bi­tion. ‘It is such a won­der­ful venue,’ en­thuses Alice. ‘It has a huge amount of wall space, which makes it per­fect for ex­hi­bi­tions.’

This Easter Week­end, 11 – 13 April, will see over 20 dif­fer­ent artists on dis­play. ‘Over half of the ex­hibitors are new names [from the last ex­hi­bi­tion], which is great,’ con­tin­ues Alice. ‘We will also be run­ning a se­ries of work­shops that will al­low peo­ple a hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence.’

Work­shops in­clude for­ag­ing and fer­men­ta­tion, dry point etch­ing, print­mak­ing and more. Email al­ for full de­tails.

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