Darfield Artweek popular with artists

by Kent Caddick

Over 100 artists from around Selwyn and the country will have their work on display during this year’s annual Darfield Artweek run by the Malvern Community Arts Council.

Artweek will kick off with an opening night gala at the Darfield Recreation Centre on Friday, October 6.

On the night judge Jan Roberston, will announce the winner of the $2,000 Premier Award as well as a number of other awards. Members of the public will also get to vote for the People’s Choice award and voting will be open through the week-long arts festival.

This year in excess of 100 artists from Selwyn, Christchurch and around the country will display over 300 works of art in a variety of media.

Malvern Community Arts Council (MCAC) chair Philip Baldwin said many artists and visitors come to Artweek to spend a day in Darfield and the surrounding area to enjoy the art exhibits, patronise local businesses, and enjoy the attractions of the area.

“We would like to thank local businesses and the Friends of MCAC for their support of Artweek,” Mr Baldwin said.

“Their generosity ensures that significant prizes can be awarded by our judge, and all of these, including the $2,000 Premier Award, will be announced at the opening night function.” Darfield Artweek includes a trio of exhibitions. The Darfield Recreation Centre will be the main exhibition area with the works from the artists vying for the awards up for grabs on show, while the Selwyn Gallery will feature works by the New Zealand Botanical Art Society.

Paintings by Kelvin McMillan and Philip Beadle will be on display at the Darfield Library. 

Tickets for opening night can be purchased in advance for $15 from the Selwyn Gallery, or $20 at the door.

Entry to Darfield Artweek’s three exhibition spaces, the Recreation Centre, Selwyn Gallery, and the Darfield Library, is free from Saturday, October 7 to Sunday, October 15.