The Lawrence arts scene is about to get a shot in the arm.
The Lawrence Creative Arts Group says it wants to harness the abundance of local creative talent across visual, musical and other expressive art forms, and is holding an open strategy meeting to share ideas this Saturday.
Spokeswoman Rachel Taylor said due to the scattered nature of rural living, it could sometimes be tricky to get creative programmes and events up and running.
‘‘This meeting, where we warmly invite anyone in the wider Lawrence-Tuapeka district to come and join us, is all about celebrating what’s here, what events we might put on and where we’re going as an artistic community.
‘‘We want to support the creative arts locally, whether that be through helping develop ideas, fostering events or simply connecting people to allow them to progress their own ideas and projects.
‘‘We want to unearth our hidden talents locally.’’
Committee member Maureen Cummings, who ran the Lawrence Summer Art Competition for several years, and helped run predecessor the Lawrence Summer Arts Festival until it lapsed in 2013, said it was time to ‘‘reinvigorate’’ the local arts scene.
‘‘A lot of projects got squashed during recent years due to Covid, but we’re now starting with a new focus, a different group, and are ready to explore new ideas.
‘‘The arts festival was a good fit for the time, but a lot of work for a small community to stage.
‘‘Part of the new vision is perhaps to run several, smaller events like exhibitions, concerts and workshops across a wider range of the arts, including music and other expressive art forms.’’
Ms Taylor said Lawrence had long been a draw for artists due to its location and inspiring surroundings.
‘‘It’s quiet, but connected to the coast and Central Otago; it has a strong visual heritage in its gold rush buildings and setting; and that’s all balanced by beautiful and inspiring natural surroundings.’’
She said Saturday’s meeting would be led by a professional facilitator, to ensure all voices were heard and ideas logged.
‘‘It’s a chance to share some creative energy and encouragement.’’
The Lawrence Creative Arts Group planning strategy meeting will take place at St Patrick’s Parish Centre in Colonsay St, from 10am to 1.30pm, on Saturday.