The Three Lakes Cultural Trust has announced the 41 successful recipients of the RenewArt grants.
They will now receive funding for their creative work to be displayed or performed at free community arts celebrations in Queenstown and Wānaka next month. The events will also bring an economic boost to the region by engaging a variety of local businesses, from venues to audio-visual and hire services.
Twenty visual artists and 21 performing arts groups – in total more than 100 local residents – will now have six weeks to create their works before the RenewArt creative community showcases are held on October 9-10 in Queenstown and October 16-17 in Wānaka.
The full list of artists – representing an even mix from both sides of the Crown Range – can be located at https://www.threelakesculturaltrust.co.nz/renewart/
Three Lakes Cultural Trust general manager Jo Brown said the Trust was overwhelmed by the response after it called for applications in July. Artists had to submit a concept of what they would be creating and how it related to the theme of ‘renewal’.
“The selection panelists were very impressed by the caliber of the applications and thought the breadth of visual media used was innovative and exciting, and the performing artists presented thought-provoking and engaging concepts. The panelists also expressed how confident they were about the cultural future of our region,” she said.
“The RenewArt creative community showcase promises to be an enjoyable and entertaining event for the community while providing an opportunity to support the incredible artistic talent we have right here in our region. We understand that this is the first time an event like this, offering the work of so many different performing and visual artists, has ever taken place in our district and we are very excited to present it.”
The idea behind RenewArt was to create uplifting events to be enjoyed by the entire district post-COVID-19, while also enabling a paid work opportunity for local artists.
The Trust has secured commitments in excess of $180,000 to deliver the project and reward selected artists for their work. The RenewArt community events are supported by funding from the Hugo Charitable Trust, Three Lakes Cultural Trust, Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust South, Otago Community Trust, and Creative New Zealand.
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