Gallery celebrates milestone

by Sara-Jane Ludemann

The Malvern Community Arts Council’s double anniversary year has stepped up a gear with the opening of an exhibition to mark 20 years of the council’s Selwyn Gallery in Darfield.

The exhibition, which opened on Friday evening with a special gathering, features six of the nine artists who exhibited their work at the gallery’s opening in 1998. 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 they were delighted to have the artists return for the exhibition.

Greendale’s Ruth Warren and former MCAC chair Kirsty Peel raise their glasses 
to celebrate the Selwyn Gallery’s 20th anniversary

Mr Baldwin said the success of the gallery over the past 20 years was a credit to the team of volunteers, 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 later this year. 

Mary Edwards from Hororata, and Sue Parkin from Te Aroha catch up at the 
opening of the Selwyn Gallery’s 20th anniversary exhibition