What & Why

This project was conceived to celebrate the regeneration of the arts community in the wake of the COVID-19 to highlight the extraordinary work produced locally by embracing the theme of ‘renewal.’ Our initiative culminated in a multi-day combined community event incorporating both visual and performing arts.

Applications were open to residents across the Wakatipu basin and Upper Clutha, including Luggate, Hāwea, Albert Town, Wānaka, Cardrona, Makarora, Arrowtown, Queenstown, Gibbston, Glenorchy and Kingston.

The Art Renewal Project benefited the local arts practitioners who were selected to create work for the community events. The events allowed visual and performing art practitioners to showcase work based on the theme ‘Renew’. A peer review panel selected works from applications and a financial contribution was provided to these practitioners to create their work and be showcased in the community events.

Read our “RenewArt wows” post here > 

Meet our Visual Artists

Storyworks visited eighteen of our selected Visual Artists in their work spaces while they were working on their art pieces for RenewArt 2020. View what they captured here:


A selection from the long list of articles that appeared around these events.
Radio New Zealand
– RenewArt reimagines Queenstown’s art. Jeweller, Kay Turner and our GM, Jo Brown discuss RenewArt2020. Listen >
Otago Daily Times
– RenewArt event born of desire to support. Read >
– Young Artistic Debut. Our youngest visual artist, Benji Watson-Palmer, with his RenewArt artwork. Read >
The News.co.nz
– Creating ‘loved objects’, Ceramic Artist, Shannon Courtney with her RenewArt work. Read >
New Zealand Woman’s Weekly
– AERIALIST ABIGAIL, Hanging by a thread!  Aerial Artist Abigail Rose talks about what she does and RenewArt2020 (subscribe to view) Read >

Thank you

RenewArt2020 could not have been possible without the help of the team behind the scenes: Our amazing Event Manager Ann Wyatt from Watson & Wyatt Design, the teams at TomTom Productions, Storyworks, Scope Media, Feast Creative, Print Central Queenstown, Art installer Marc Blake, Performing Arts Curator Margaret O’Hanlon, the Three Lakes team of Jo Brown, Sarah Lyttle and Rama Geeves and our incredible Trustees and most importantly our artists and YOU the community who supported this project. A special thanks to our sponsors: Creative New Zealand, Central Lakes Trust, Hugo Charitable Trust, Otago Community Trust and Community Trust South.

Renewing Our Community
Through The Arts

// 41 Creators // 80 Performers //
// 20 Visual Artists // 17 Disciplines //
// 1 Community //

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