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Artist-led, Festival


N|E|W is a pos­i­tive, enthu­si­as­tic, exper­i­men­tal, open plat­form for con­tem­po­rary art.

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.
About us
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. In 2022 we held N-E-W PARTY to reassess what we wanted to achieve with our creative community post-covid.
The latest project from N-E-W in 2023 is an audience-powered event that re-imagines educational and social systems, ASSEMBLY. The project is curated by artist Rob Manners and inspired by poet and activist Wendell Berry and includes performances, installation, musical improvisation and conversational art works.Every day of the exhibition a bell will ring to call people to performances and dialogue on the future of our communities, our choices about education and the contribution of art and culture to a challenging future.
Our mission
To hold arts events
Show critical, contemporary art to a wider audience in the South West
Our Aims
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
Our Values
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
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