Call for South Dunedin art submissions

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Lockdown art . . . A poster depicting an artwork highlighting "the upside of lockdown" by L. Hinds, is displayed in the window of Antidote Gardens pharmacy. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

A new project from the Dunedin Dream Brokerage is expanding across Otepoti, and artists, designers and writers in South Dunedin have been invited to submit their lockdown work.

After an enthusiastic response to the launch of the project in North East Valley, the “Brokerage Bubbles” project is putting out the call to South Dunedin creatives, with the support of neighbourhood partners Te Kaika and Tiaki Taoka.

People of all ages are welcome to submit their work for the project.

“The goal of the project is to connect our creatives and local businesses and engage the wider community through art,” Dunedin Dream Brokerage broker Kate Schrader said.

“The response has been so heartening. Local organisations are pitching in to uplift our creatives and vice versa.

“More than ever, people want to feel connected to one another at this time,” Ms Schrader said.

The theme is “the upsides of lockdown” and successful submissions will be selected by the Dunedin Dream Brokerage advisory panel, printed by project partner Dunedin Print and installed in local business windows.

From last week, artists in South Dunedin, Kensington, Caversham, Forbury, Kew, Corstorphine, St Kilda, Clyde Hill, Musselburgh, Tainui, St Clair and Tomahawk have been asked to respond to the theme in personal ways that can be shared in public spaces.

Selected artists will receive $100 for their submission and be part of a Dunedin Dream Brokerage exhibition later in the year, which will celebrate everyone involved with the project.

Submissions close at 5pm tomorrow (June 5).

The first round of Brokerage Bubbles was sponsored by Otago Polytechnic and the artworks can be viewed in the windows of North East Valley businesses Bloomin’ Gorgeous, Blacks Rd Grocer, Antidote Gardens, New World Gardens and Inch Bar.