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March 2003, Volume 14, Number 3

Festival Raises the Profile of Lawrence

More than 1000 people attended this year’s Lawrence Summer Arts Festival, suggesting that the group behind the event has the formula just about right...

“We had four days of good weather and that was great,” says Lawrence Art Group president Elaine Crawford. “We also had excellent guest artists.

“The festival has sort of grown in the last four years.

“We changed the venue and then we changed the time of the year and now it is really working well. With each year, we’ve learnt something. This year it was about delegating. The committee organising the event was tremendously enthusiastic and put in an enormous amount of work. There was also excellent sales of guest artists’ work.

“The four-day event offers the opportunity for local artists to display their work alongside well known artists.

“Over the four days of the festival, many visitors come into the district to participate and enjoy the atmosphere. This year local artists sold work beyond their expectations.”

The spin-offs for local businesses were immense. “Local business people had record sales, with numerous food outlets selling out and real estate sales resulting from having visitors in the town. The festival, organised under the umbrella of the Tuapeka Community Company, also raised the profile of Lawrence as an arts and crafts centre of excellence.”

A scarecrow competition elicited numerous entries and much interest, as did craftspeople at work during the festival.

CEG fieldworker Nikki Cunningham, who provided support and advice, says the festival increased the opportunity for economic sustainability for local artists, as well as showcasing the town.

Other stories about Festivals:
Pacific Showcase - Pacific Underground (February 2001)
Celebrating Its Past - Celebration Lyttelton Trust (October 2000)
Mini Festival Brings Samoan Community Together - Ministers' Fraternal Group (June 2000)
Fantastic Week for Rural Women - Positively Clutha Women (June 2000)
Entries Sought - Wastebusters Trust Canterbury (May 2000)
Floral Attraction - Fefine Fekumi (April 2000)
A 'Brilliant' Performance - Aotearoa Traditional Maori Performing Arts Festival (March 2000)
A Blooming Good Time - Inglewood Crossroads Promotions (March 2000)
Picton Fizzing - Picton Urban Design (January 2000)
Cavalcade Rolls into Middlemarch Community - Middlemarch Community (March 2002)
Festival Keeps Getting Better - Pasifika (March 2002)
Celebrating Diversity - Enterprise Otara (October 1999)
Festivities Bring Tokelau Community Together - CEG (April 2002)
Teamwork Wins Over - Hurunui Lakes Promotion Group (May 2002)
'Most Beautiful Place in the World' Sees the Light - Barney Whaitiri (March 1999)
Street's Ahead - Cuba Street Carnival Collective Trust (July 2002)
Festival Booms - Pasifika (March 2003)
Entertainment and Colour - Cuba Street Carnival Trust (January 2004)
Providing Opportunities - Pasifika (July 2004)
Bold, Outrageous, Wild - Central South Island Tourism (December 2004)
Other stories about Arts and Crafts:
Finding a Path - The Depot (June 2001)
Symposium Success - Westland District Council (June 2001)
Artistic Inspiration - Ngongotaha Artists Charitable Trust Art Gallery (October 2001)
Tackling the Boring Bits - Nelson Bays Arts Marketing Network (November 2001)
Planning on Impact - MPACT (March 2001)
Growing Jobs in the Arts - Square Edge Creative Centre (March 2001)
Hidden Treasure - Maniototo Rural Art Deco (January 2001)
Art In Its Own Place - Nelson Bay Arts Marketing Network (January 2001)
Broadening The Brushstrokes - Arts Work Project (October 2000)
Centre of Attention - Cleveland Living Arts Centre (October 2000)
Arts go from Strength to Strength - Nelson Bays Arts Marketing Newtork (August 2000)
Taking Home a Tangible Experience - Nelson Bays Arts Marketing Network (August 2000)
Dining Art in Dunedin - Cleveland Living Arts Centre (July 2000)
Creating Industry in Levin - Pull Pots Teaching Unit (May 2000)
Wake Up Call - Art in the Park (March 2000)
Te Papa Carving Provides Excellent Experience - Paul Marshall Arts (March 2000)
Painting a Future - Susan Dillon Designs (March 2000)
Arts Promoted - Cleveland Living Arts Centre (January 2000)
Guiding Light for Art - Otago Arts Trust (March 2002)
'Against All Odds' - Panacea Arts Trust (April 2002)
Finding Their Place - Therapeutic Arts Trust (April 2002)
Key Role for Art - CEG (September 1999)
Prize Boosts Trainers - Small Business Enterprise Centre (May 2002)
Pacific Flavour - Aotearoa Charitable Trust for Designers (August 1999)
Local Niches - Palm Street Gallery Incorporated (June 2002)
Over the Hill - Golden Bay Arts Council (August 2002)
Amazing Journey - Hei Tiki Gallery (September 2002)
Positive Partnerships - Venture Southland (September 2002)
Freedom to Create - Emma Kesha (December 2002)
Adding to a Skill Base - Areta Koopu (December 2002)
Accessing Art - Arts Access Aotearoa (January 2003)
Exciting Break - Dunedin Fashion Incubator (January 2003)
Tapping Local Talent - Te Whanau a Toi Art Exhibition (May 2003)
Priceless Promotion - Gridlocked (June 2003)
Accessible Arts - Indigenous Arts Charitable Trust, (July 2003)
Important Step - Te Koromaki Trust (July 2003)
Reggae's Doing Fine - Aotearoa Community Events Management Trust (August 2003)
Improving the View - Mataatua Gallery (September 2003)
Opening a Door - Therapeutic Arts Trust (September 2003)
Setbacks Strengthen Resolve - Raglan Arts Project Trust (September 2003)
Positive Performance - Wahine Malosi Charitable Trust (September 2003)
Window on the Arts - Nelson Bays Arts Advocacy and Marketing Network (January 2004)
Creations from Waste - Kahurangi Employment Trust (May 2004)
Painstaking Journey - Whatu Korowai Wananga (September 2004)
Elaine Crawford, R D 3
Phone/fax (03) 485 9834
email: crawfjm@xtra.co.nz

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