Museum open in few months

Co-managers Gemma Baldock and David Dudfield at the He Waka Tuia Art +  Museum in Invercargill.
Co-managers Gemma Baldock and David Dudfield at the He Waka Tuia Art + Museum in Invercargill.
Southland's transitional art and museum space — He Waka Tuia Art + Museum — is only months away from opening, two years after the museum shut to the public.

Located on the corners of Don and Kelvin Sts in Invercargill, co-manager David Dudfield said it was hoped the space and first exhibition would be ready for the public in a few months.

‘‘We’re super stoked we can finally get it all out again.’’

He said he was pleased children and families would be able to enjoy it all again.

Co-manager Gemma Baldock said the first exhibition ‘‘Choice’’ had been selected by the community during a consultation process.

‘‘We’re focused on exhibiting around local collections, people and places; that’s what we want people to access to start with.’’

As the space was environmentally controlled, there were options for future exhibitions to be brought in from other museums.

There would be a little more setting up in the space before artwork, taonga and objects could be brought in.

Ms Baldock said there had been support from the council, community and community funders.

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