Selwyn Practicing Artists

Selwyn Practicing Artists Group Canterbury New Zealand

Lots of great things have happened this year despite the disruption of an international pandemic. One of these has been the formation of Selwyn Practicing Artists.

Soon-Lee Spicer another local printmaker and I were both wanting a way to network with other local artists when our paths crossed at the start of the year. When we realised that we both had a similar dream, we decided to set up a group to do just that, and so Selwyn Practicing Artists was born.

Initially we started meetings online using Zoom during lockdown, and then we started to look for a venue for our group to meet up in person on a monthly basis. Malvern Arts Council stepped in and offered us their Gallery Te Huanui as a venue.

We have now had two very successful meetings, and also have set up a Facebook members group so that artists can continue to connect and share ideas and resources between meetings. The group currently has around 15 members who work in a variety of artistic mediums and are from different stages in their art careers.

In the future we plan to hold group exhibitions and do the occasional field trip for members.

I am really excited about the possibilities that forming this group might bring, and I am also hopeful that SPA might help local artists have a greater voice on the future of the arts in the Selwyn District.

To find out more about Selwyn Practicing Artists visit the SPA Facebook page.

Article in the Malvern News, July 2020

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