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Hot on the heels of winning the National Arts Access Aotearoa Creative Spaces Award in June of this year, and as Artsenta edges toward its 30th year of creativity in the community, the Creative Arts Trust is delighted to present the launch of the book “Artsenta – the First 30 Years”.

Written by author and Creative Arts Trust member Kath Beattie, using archives and oral accounts from former and current trustees, staff and artists, Kath presents accounts of Artsenta’s creative history. Beginning as the Creative Expression Unit in 1986 at Cherry Farm Hospital and following the move to the city, becoming Artsenta, now one of the country’s oldest and most established creative spaces.

The book will be launched on Thursday 15 October at the Dunedin Community Gallery against the back drop of over 150 works in the Annual Artsenta Exhibition.

The exhibition showcases a diverse range of art made by the artists, with a highlight of this year’s exhibition is the large number of ceramics many created while ceramist Jim Cooper visited and worked with Artsenta artists over the last few months. The popular Craft Market Table returns full of suprises, handmade treasures & retro upcycling.

Artsenta is a shared art studio for people who are part of the Mental Health Community and in the spirit of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme “GIVE” Artsenta just keeps on giving! After the exhibition you can take a short walk around the corner to the Dunedin public Art Gallery’s - Rear Window and view our installation BIG SHOP Uncollectables. A collaborative piece created by artists at Artsenta this is a satirical work that consists of 13 large scale grocery items, offering a colourful critique of the New World supermarket Little Shop/Little Kitchen marketing campaign.

Book Launch. Artsenta the first 30 years. Written by Kath Beattie

Oct 15th 2015 @ Dunedin Community Gallery 5.30 – 7.30pm

Annual Artsenta Exhibition 2015 - Dunedin Community Gallery

13th Oct – 23rd Oct 2015

Dunedin Public Art Gallery - Rear Window

23rd September – 1st November 2015


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