Funding awarded: RenewArt organising team, Marc Blake, left, and Ann Wyatt, right, with Three Lakes Cultural Trust head honcho Jo Brown


Twenty-seven Wakatipu artists and performers have received RenewArt grants so their work can be displayed or performed at free community art celebrations here next

In total, 20 visual artists and 21 performing arts groups have been given funding for
their work, which covers everything from dance, fire dance and aerial performance, to jewellery, painting and sculpture, comedy, light installations and film.

They’ve now got a month to create their works before the community showcases are
held at the Queenstown Events Centre on October 9 and 10, and at the Lake Wanaka Centre on October 16 and 17.

The idea behind RenewArt, organised by the Three Lakes Cultural Trust, with support from the Hugo Charitable Trust, Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust South, Otago Community Trust and Creative New Zealand, is to create uplifting events for the district post-Covid-19, and provide a paid work opportunity for local artists.

Cultural trust general manager Jo Brown says they were overwhelmed by the response after calling for applications in July.

“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.’’

Tickets for the free event are available from Eventbrite.