Art on Barton

Art on Barton


This weekend saw the first street art market for Hamilton called ‘Art on Barton’

This event was designed to get local artists together and provide a venue for them to show their work with other artists and be able to share and sell their artwork themselves.

Although the weather was forecast to be severe with thunder storms we still went ahead with the event. Even though it did rain, it wasn’t as bad as expected, the first half of the day being fairly dry. I think the general spirit of the event got everyone going and nothing could make them disheartened. There were many comments from other artists how they were enjoying just being a part of the local scene and having the chance to meet other artists, as working home in their studios is so isolating they often don’t get that opportunity.

Part of the plan for Art on Barton was to encourage pers to return to the CBD as ping centres are springing up outside the main centre and were drawing a lot of the pers away.

Hamilton desperately needs more art events like this to encourage artists to bond and create a more cohesive arts society that we can be proud of and make us more visable to both the general public and artists who are new to the area and want to share in an arts community. It also means we have another draw-card for tourists and locals as something to do while in Hamilton. Yes we have the V8s and the Balloons over Waikato along with other types of markets etc but regular monthly events of quality art always interest people and with several coffee s in the street, it’s a chance to sit down enjoy the atmosphere and take home some art as well.

There are other markets in Hamilton but they cater for other things like food and general crafts and such things as farmers markets for fresh produce.

Ree Varcoe from Hamilton Central who organised the event is looking at regular art markets the next one being the 6th May 2011 which everyone is keen to be a part of and with so many other artists popping up on Saturday who didn’t know about the event and wanted to join in, I think future ones will be bigger and brighter and well worth the effort of a visit if you are in town or even just passing through Hamilton.

Posted: Tuesday 29 March 2011