Contemporary art spaces put on the map

Jaenine Parkinson
Jaenine Parkinson
Dunedin contemporary art will be well and truly on the map when a new art spaces guide is released this week.

The map has been developed by local public and commercial galleries to promote interest in contemporary art.

"There was nothing like it that focused on the spaces that are engaged in critical dialogue about contemporary art," Milford Gallery art consultant Vanessa Cook said.

"It's something that will be good for both locals and tourists to take around Dunedin and explore the different galleries."

The free map has no advertising.

"Both Vanessa and I are Dunedin immigrants and we were surprised at how many contemporary art spaces there are here and thought the map was something the city really needs," Blue Oyster Art Project Space director Jaenine Parkinson said.

"All the galleries involved see this a low-cost way to build the profile of Dunedin's contemporary visual arts and help develop a sense of community.

"The map shows the wealth of opportunities we have in Dunedin for getting involved in contemporary art."

The maps, which received seed funding from the Dunedin City Council, will be available from Dunedin cafes, galleries and book stores.

nigel.benson@odt.co.nz

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