Young talent: Year 13 Wakatipu High student/artist Corryn Robins with her artwork, 'Attraction', which she sold on the exhibition's opening day. PICTURE: ABBEY BROWN


Creative New Zealand’s behind a massive exhibition at Five Mile gallery, Queenstown Contemporary.

‘Spring Loaded’ features 100-plus artworks from more than 40 Queenstown-Lakes artists, including senior Wakatipu High painting and photography students and Wakatipu Potters
Group members.

Thanks to Creative NZ’s $40,000 grant, applied over the past three months, Queenstown
Contemporary director Marc Blake’s been able to install nine huge movable walls to double his usable wall space and employ two staff over this time.

He’s also grateful to Five Mile’s owners, who’ve donated the 350 square metre space for, so far, a year-and-a-half.

‘‘Their generosity and genuine community focus has enabled me to completely reinvent
how art is made, shown and seen in this town,’’ he says.

Blake says he’s continuing his campaign for a dedicated space in Queenstown where the visual and performing arts can practise and show alongside each other, ‘‘in line with what is happening in the rest of the world’’.

‘Spring Loaded’ runs till October 2 — the gallery’s open Wednesdays till Sundays, 10am-4pm.