Greymouth Artists Revitalise CBD for 150th

​In 2014 Greymouth celebrated its 150th anniversary.

On 22 July 1864 Reuben Waite, a storekeeper from Collingwood, crossed the Greymouth bar with 70 prospectors in a chartered paddle steamer. He put his supplies ashore and opened the first store on the banks of the Grey River on what was to become the corner of Waite St and Mawhera Quay (this
site is now occupied by DP1 Café).

A collaborative art project beautified the town centre with images and art that celebrated our District over the past 15 decades and which appeared over the course of the month long anniversary festival that ran from Friday 26 September to Sunday 26 October 2014.

A small group of dedicated local artists responded to the ‘call for artists’ sent out as part of the Council led initiative, ‘The Real Stories’ campaign. The Real Stories campaign was designed to draw out the stories, places and themes the community felt were important and meaningful and needed celebrating. This celebration of place was incorporated into the Signage, Interpretation & Public Art Framework, which will ensure our region makes the most of our assets and community values.

During the 150th celebrations, the public saw vacant shop frontages displaying historical photographs depicting the District through the decades as well as some more abstract artist interpretations
of what makes our District unique, including banners and colourful wraps around street poles and the clock

Many thanks to everyone who contributed - a few photos are below.








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