To encourage participation in the Arts by promoting opportunities for the social cultural benefit of the residents of Riverton, the surrounding District, and also to the area.
The core business of the Riverton Community Arts Centre is to provide
a quality innovative gallery and performance space in Riverton.
The Arts Centre is more than a 'commercial' dealer gallery.
We need to be viable to be sustainable but our objective is
to increase participation in the arts; individual projects/exhibitions
may or may not be commercially viable.
The formation of the Riverton Community Arts Centre Charitable Trust
followed an approach from Steve Canny of the Southland District Council.
During the year 2000 a group of volunteers met informally for the next
few months to put together an 'Arts Centre'.
In September 2001, Marion Lyons was appointed as the first Project Co-ordinator, funded by the Comunity Employment Group. Alana Reid took over the role in September, 2002, followed by Fay Condon who held the position as Co-ordinator for the next two and a half years. In early 2008, the position of Co-ordinator became available again, and the committee decided to split the role into two - Jo Grimwood, since resigned, and Lisa Grace as Project Co-ordinator, with Gaye Larsen as Gallery Assistant, with a vision of opening the gallery every day of the week, under the sponsorship of The Community Trust of Southland. Dianne Robinson took over the Co-ordinator role in November 2011, with Jo Grimwood returning in the assistant role during 2012. Emma Coppin is now the Gallery Assistant and Film Society Co-ordinator.
The Arts Centre continues to grow its audience. Sales vary widely due to a variety of factors: the popularity of the artist, the nature of the work, its affordability, and exhibiting timing all affect sales. As our reputation has grown, so has the level of audience expectation. The Arts Centre needs to continue to provide a challenging programe and develop an infrastructure to meet this growth and events.
The Riverton Arts Centre has developed a unique venue, with a growing reputation for innovative exhibitions and events. The space is a virtual blank canvas for visual and performing arts.