N-E-W is an event that isn’t fixed but movable in size, date, and theme. Its a positive, enthusiastic, experimental, open platform for contemporary art.
The collective got together in 2014 and to date have created 3 hugely successful art events in Ashburton. Our art festival in 2014 attracted over 200 people who joined us for a musician led art safari, workshops and an extended and exciting series of curated contemporary new art in unusual and varied venues across the town. In 2015, we hosted ‘Sound Saturday’ with a fantastic and comprehensive programme of contemporary sound artists, installations and music.
In 2018, we created ‘N-E-W Ideas’, a curated site responsive event with a mix of installations, audience involvement and an introduction to on-going community-based projects in the new Ashburton Arts, originally an old Methodist Hall in the town. Both these events saw increased numbers of visitors, with over 300 coming to N-E-W Ideas.
To establish a curated arts event
Show critical, contemporary art to a wider audience in the South West
Raise awareness of contemporary art
To engage international and nationwide artists with local artists
To create a platform for an artists development
Exhibit the talent that is here locally and give artists paid opportunities
Pay artists a fair, up to date wage, including any expenses
To exhibit any type of medium, direction or subject
Show the public that contemporary art is approachable and engaging
Attract international artists to the area
To connect the audience with the artist themselves as much as possible
Bring contemporary art to a rural environment in a thoughtful and communicative way