Selwyn Gallery anniversary celebration

by Kent Caddick

The Selwyn Gallery in Darfield celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special exhibition next month.

When the Selwyn Gallery opened in 1998, it was the only exhibition space outside of Christchurch available to artists in the Selwyn district. Malvern Community Arts Council chair, Philip Baldwin, said the 20th-anniversary celebration would be held in conjunction with the gallery’s June exhibition opening.

“We are very pleased that six of the original nine artists who showed their works at our first Selwyn Gallery exhibition — Simon Edwards, Mike Glover, Svetlana Orinko, Marcia Scott, Pattison Parkin, and Hamish Wright — have agreed to exhibit an all-new line-up of artworks,” Mr Baldwin, said.

“We are inviting past and present gallery volunteers, artist members, community supporters of MCAC, and local dignitaries to join us to see how the works of these artists have evolved over the past 20 years.”

Mr Baldwin said the success of the gallery over the past 20 years is a credit to the team of volunteers, in recent years supported by an arts administrator, who coordinate and man the exhibitions by artists from the local and wider community.

“The support of our major sponsor Orion, the Rata Foundation, Creative Communities and the Selwyn District Council has ensured the gallery has made improvements over the years creating a specialised retail area where artist members’ works are for immediate sale.”

It’s a double celebration year for the Malvern Community Arts Council, which will also mark 40 years since its establishment.

The original MCAC steering committee first met on February 8, 1978, and comprised Moreen Eason, Barbara Vincent, Elisabeth Blackburn, Noelene Pearson, the Rev Hugh Patterson and Stuart Martin.

A special opening evening to mark the Selwyn Gallery’s 20th-anniversary exhibition will be held on Friday, June 1–6pm at the gallery.

Those planning to attend are being asked to RSVP to the MCAC’s arts administrator Katrina Ellis on 027 425 7356 or 

The work of Mike Glover, one of the first artists to exhibit their work at 
the opening of the Selwyn Gallery 20 years ago, will be on display 
during the gallery’s 20th-anniversary exhibition