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The Virtual Kaiapoi Art Expo

Calling all artists in Waimakariri

The Virtual Kaiapoi Art Expo went live on Wednesday May 20 providing a welcome opportunity to Waimakariri artists to display and sell their work.

In conjunction with the Waimak App, the Waimakariri Arts Trust has produced a user friendly online method for artists whose work is usually exhibited in the Kaiapoi Art Expo.

The decision to cancel this year’s Expo was made by the Waimakariri Arts Trust when lockdown was initiated.

The uncertainty over holding large events and the impact the lockdown would have on the many sponsors who support the Expo were two concerns that led to the decision.

Unfortunately, it leaves over a hundred artists without one of their opportunities to sell and the district without its leading art event.

With the introduction of the Virtual Kaiapoi Art Expo artists are able to list up to five artworks online to sell to the public through the Waimak App.

The App is the brainchild of Martyn Cook, IT & Web consultant, and business manager, and can be downloaded for free to mobile phones and devices, providing everything you want to know about living in the Waimakariri district with local news, retail and trade listings, information and events.

Martyn said that during lockdown, a time when lateral thinking was king, he and the Deputy Chair of the Waimakariri Arts Trust, Jackie Watson were excited to find a solution to gaining more publicity for the App and helping artists in these uncertain times.

“As a new enterprise in the district with an unfamiliar platform we’re very grateful to the Trust for giving us the opportunity to showcase this wonderful event through The Waimak App,” Martyn said.

“This really gives us the opportunity to demonstrate how strongly we can reflect our community voice.”

 Jackie says she has been overwhelmed with the response from artists who can now submit their entries in time for the Exhibition opening on June 1. The Expo section on the App, found on the App’s home screen, currently provides information about the exhibition along with a link to the signup form for artists. Once the exhibition itself is live from June 1st visitors will be able to browse and hopefully purchase the artworks. It will also give the viewer the chance to vote for the Public Choice Award, always a popular part of the Expo.

“I’m hoping the public will respond to this idea and help support our artists,” says Jackie.

“The thousands that turn up to the event every year spend over $30,000 buying local art and the cancellation of the 2020 Expo will obviously impact on many artists’ incomes, as will the many other art events and outlets such as galleries that have been closed during this lockdown,” says Jackie.

Artists interested in taking part can do so by completing our Artists Signup form

For more information visit our Virtual Kaiapoi Art Expo

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