Community Arts Manager Lloyd Harwood with the old Nelson sign. Photo: Kate Russell.

A new welcome for Nelson

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Ideas are being sought from the community to freshen up the “Welcome to Nelson” sign near Atawhai, with a prize of $2500 up for grabs.

Arts Council Nelson are inviting residents of all ages from across the region to create and submit their designs, which will replace the out-of-date ‘Nelson: Live the Day’ sign, which still features a parachuting Aldo Miccio and a pirate Ali Boswijk.

Community Arts Manager Lloyd Harwood says the sign is often people’s first impression of Nelson, and they want a great new image that greets visitors to the city.

“In the past, Nelson City Council has gone to design companies, but we thought it would be great to open it up to the public and engage people,” he says. “We are a creative community, and you never know who’s going to come out of the woodwork.”

Entries close on November 11, and from there they will be short-listed and judged by a panel of executive board members from Arts Council Nelson.

Lloyd says they will be looking for clear, bold and bright designs that meet the competition criteria.

He encourages people of all ages to enter, including children. “It’s a perfect thing for schools or youth groups to get involved in, as well as the professional artists out there.”

Entries must be hard copy, contain the words “Welcome to Nelson” and be in landscape format, measuring 240mm high x 328mm wide. Multiple entries can also be entered.

Lloyd says they are hoping to have the entries on display for the public to view and the winning design will also be used by Nelson City Council for other promotional purposes.

It is anticipated the new sign will be up before Christmas, ahead of the busy holiday period. For full rules, terms and conditions, contact Lloyd aon 548 4640 or email artscouncil nelson@paradise.net.nz.