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DIRTY LAUNDRY - Art Gallery seeks the region’s secrets

DIRTY LAUNDRY - Art Gallery seeks the region’s secrets

Unconventional art gallery The Ivy Box, Queenstown, is seeking secrets and admissions from the general public for a quirky new exhibition which will be unveiled this November (18th, 2016).

Specially made post boxes have been left in cafes, the library and other public spaces where anyone can anonymously jot down a secret onto a postcard until 21stOctober. The Ivy Box Gallery will then gather the submissions and transform a selection into a unique exhibition of artwork, in collaboration with talented artists. Dubbed ‘Dirty Laundry’, the exhibition will also include poetry from local writers.

Gallery director Lynda Hensman said that the exhibition will be concerned with “raw human truth and emotion.”

“Though this concept isn’t entirely new, it’s the public aspect of this exhibition which will make it so different. We can’t plan what submissions we’ll get,” she said.

“I hope people will use it as an opportunity to let something go, to get that monkey off their back, peel back a layer and use this as a cathartic exercise.

“Our artists will use the postcards to inform and guide their artworks for this exhibition. I think the results will be something unique to Queenstown and New Zealand offering an insight to what’s underneath the skin of this region and beyond.”

Set up in late 2015, The Ivy Box Gallery occupies a picturesque spot on Park Street, by the lakeside. As well as exhibiting artworks by a range of professional local and international artists, the gallery has a section for young and up and coming artistic talent.

Full details of the exhibition, and a list of the boxes’ locations is available on The Ivy Box website (


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