Ashburton's streets are set to receive some creative flair in the coming months as part of the Chorus cabinet art programme, and local artists are being invited to submit their designs by 31 August.
Chorus is working with the Ashburton District Council to deliver the programme, which will see three cabinets in the town painted.
Chorus Community Relations Manager Jo Seddon says the programme has been very successful around the country at discouraging graffiti on some of its more frequently tagged cabinets, and they are excited to be extending the programme even further in Ashburton.
"These cabinets become works of art in the street, often telling stories about the communities who live there and helping to foster community pride.
"In past years, we've worked with Keep NZ Beautiful and now we are extending our offer to councils. We are so pleased that the Ashburton District Council has answered the call and we're really looking forward to seeing what amazing designs local artists will come up with."
Ashburton District Mayor Neil Brown says the initiative is a great opportunity for artists to showcase their talents, and is encouraging people to make a submission.
“This is a chance not only to share your work with Mid Canterbury, but also much further afield. The programme is a real win-win for our community. We get to have fantastic artworks in our streetscape that celebrate our people and stories, and also provide work and promotion of our local artists."
Design submissions are now open until Friday 31 August. A Council panel will select the finalists before they are submitted to Chorus for final approval. The successful applicants will need to be able to complete the work by 30 March 2021.
All of the successful artworks will be included on the Chorus website and will be considered for the 2021 Chorus Cabinet Art calendar, copies of which are sent around the world.
Submit your design online at chorus.co.nz/form/rainbow-cabinet-form
. Further information about the programme can be found at chorus.co.nz/community/cabinet-art-programme
Existing cabinet artworks and murals can be found at chorus.co.nz/blog/cabinet-art-gallery/