Community art gallery opens

Pam and Cr Bob Mugford, with fellow councillor Craig Watson

Selwyn’s newest community art gallery has been officially opened in Leeston.

Selwyn’s newest community art gallery has been officially opened in Leeston.

Run by Lakeland Art, which is part of the Ellesmere Art Group Trust, the new gallery is sited in the former Ellesmere Drapery building, on High St in Leeston.

The trust was given a helping hand from the Selwyn District Council recently when it was awarded a $20,000 seeding grant courtesy of the council’s arts reserves fund.

Mayor Sam Broughton was on hand last Friday evening to officially open the new gallery which in addition to giving local artist and opportunity to display their works has space to hold art workshops.

Lakeland Art chair Brian de Lore told those who gathered for the opening they were grateful for the council support.

“We believe this is the first art gallery to open in Leeston in its 150 year history and helps to fill the void between here and Ashburton,” Mr de Lore said.

“We have over 75 artists working in this part of Selwyn and on opening night around 30 had works displayed.”

The gallery will be run by volunteers following the model set by the district’s other two community galleries, the Selwyn Gallery in Darfield and Lincoln’s Down by the Liffey Gallery.
 

Jill Lemon and Cushla Heslop

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