Golden Bay Community Arts Council
In terms of art and related facilities, Golden Bay, by geographic and demographic characteristics, needs to be considered as a region in its own right. Isolated from the rest of the Nelson Tasman region as it is, it has its own distinctive culture of creativity, which needs to be fully honored by provision of adequate art facilities.
Many creative people find their home in Golden Bay, a destination in its own right and not a place people pass through on their way to somewhere else. Tourism is very important to the economy here and artists are a significant incentive to bring tourists to Golden Bay. There are over 250 full and part time adult artists living in the Bay. Representing some artists are the galleries Monza, Artisans, Lollokiki, Golden Bay Gallery and Kuketa Designs. The Dangerous Kitchen and Wholemeal Café, Hair Revolution, Takaka Public library and Nelson Building Society also display and sell art in the CBD. Many of the artists exhibiting at Art Bank are not represented in these places, which are all private. There is a need for an impartial and public art space.