When Palmerston North CEO Heather Shotter mentions $9.5million the amount directed towards that town’s public art you could hear a pin drop in the Basestation. That’s until we members of the Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty creative community start our soft almost sad laugh.
Palmerston North has never been high on my list of creative or aspirational priorities – it may well be that has been a mistake. It’s a rural and University town, known for its wide streets and advanced equestrian training. Now it seems it may be one of the North Island’s cultural connections. Earlier this year the town won an award: the Creative New Zealand Excellence Award for its public arts programme “Framing the Big Picture”.
(Read the Creative Bay of Plenty article – Creative Bay of Plenty presentation: Heather Shotter – this link also contains the power point images accompanying the talk and a link to obtain the speech notes) https://creativebop.org.nz/news/item/635-heather-shotter-creative-bay-of-plenty-presentation
Phil Green hits it on the head with his post-talk question to Shotter: inclusiveness? This town and its creative projects are so successful because there is an atmosphere of inclusivity.
And, of course, as one who keeps banging on about our region emulating those who worked so hard to get the Tauranga Art Gallery to reality, I ask how important the Palmerston North Public Sculpture Trust has been to the creation of the portfolio of public art – vital. The Trust’s website is wonderful: a virtual tour of the public art acquired through the co-operation of Council and Community. http://www.publicsculpture.org.nz/
But reduced to a walnut: the long-laughed at “Palmy” has a cultural palette and spectrum of creative venues and activities you’d find hard to believe and it’s beautifully promoted – which you would expect from someone with Shotter’s previous work experience. https://www.manawatunz.co.nz/visit/see-and-do/arts-culture
I believe we’ve reached a tipping point here in acknowledging the economic and social-community benefits of art and creativity in and around Tauranga and the Western Bay. We’re progressing along the pathway.
Being a semantic snob I prefer “The Jam Factory” to “The Stomach” but in both cases they’re accessible performance spaces. http://www.creativesounds.org.nz/
We have the wonderful collection of buildings at the Historic Village creatively repurposed. A former Palmerston North Council building is now a multi-faceted creative space https://www.communityarts.org.nz/
No it’s not without criticism. Google brings up articles on community opposition to the temporary closure and planned refurbishment of their art gallery. It’s a total laugh out loud: they’re not complaining about having an art gallery, they’re not complaining about having a museum – they’re complaining because the gallery is going to be closed for an extended period of time. There’s muttering from those organising the upcoming Palmy Fringe Festival and I find occasional articles about “rates” and “costs” and acerbic facebook comments. But all in all – from what I’ve seen Palmerston North’s partnerships have achieved “excellent” results. Who would have thought I’d be thinking about a holiday in Palmerston North.
Heather Shotter: was a Creative Bay of Plenty Presentation held at the Basestation, a Tauranga Co-Working Space 148 Durham Street, Tauranga 3110
Rosemary Balu. Rosemary Balu is the founding and current Managing Editor of ARTbop. Rosemary has arts and law degrees from the University of Auckland. She has been a working lawyer and has participated in a wide variety of community activities where information gathering, submission writing, community advocacy and education have been involved. Interested in all forms of the arts since childhood Rosemary is focused on further developing and expanding multi-media ARTbop as the magazine for all the creative arts in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
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