Mini-gallery draws attention

Jasmine Lamorie, Azalea Nielsen (7 months) and Maya Tate-Manning check out the Art Tardis in...
Jasmine Lamorie, Azalea Nielsen (7 months) and Maya Tate-Manning check out the Art Tardis in front of the Northeast Valley Community Rooms in Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.

Too busy to see art?

Well, Dunedin's newest art gallery may come to visit you.

The Art Tardis mobile gallery was launched in Northeast Valley this week to take contemporary art out of conventional spaces and into the community.

The gallery will display local artists' work at locations around north Dunedin.

''It will pop up in little areas, where people aren't necessarily expecting art to be,'' project organiser Jasmine Lamorie said yesterday.

The inaugural exhibition is an oil rig sculpture created from seabird feathers, Human Hubris, by Dunedin artist Aroha Novak.

''For such a creative place, Dunedin is lacking in contemporary street art,'' Ms Lamorie said.

''The Art Tardis is a nice little gallery to get more art on the streets. It would be nice if Dunedin had more art in the streets.''

The mini-gallery would encourage people who may not usually participate in the arts to see new and varied works, she said.

It would also provide space for artists to exhibit small works and experiment with new concepts or materials.

This $2000 project was conceived by the Northern Artery artist collective and funded by the Valley Project.

''We're looking for artists to approach us with proposals and land-owners with space, which has good visibility and is secure,'' Ms Lamorie said.

Human Hubris will be installed in the Art Tardis, in front of the Northeast Valley Community Rooms, until mid-July.

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