Gallery shuts for repairs

TEMPORARY CLOSURE: The Selwyn Gallery will shut down between Sunday and March 13.

Darfield’s Selwyn Gallery will pack up and shut down for a month, as earthquake repairs are carried out on its building.

Orion, which own the building that houses the gallery, have requested the gallery be cleared prior to construction beginning on February 7.

The gallery, which is run by the Malvern Community Arts Council, will reopen on March 13.

Artworks and other gallery contents will be put into a storage container in the meantime.

A statement from the arts council said the repairs were necessary to ensure the building was well maintained and safe for the future.

“We will keep in touch as the earthquake repairs are undertaken, and advise members if there are any changes to the schedule. Meantime, we appreciate your patience with the process.”

Any artists who did not want their artworks kept in the storage container could arrange to collect them by contacting arts council administrator Rose Gerard no later than Saturday.