• Introduction

    When North meets South is a Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ) art project. We’ve invited 22 Otago artists to each create a work in response to their chosen haiku supplied by North Island poets. During the year we’ll update you on the progress of the artists with interviews, photos of previous work and maybe a peek at their ‘haiku’ art work in progress. We’ll also feature the haiku poets – show some of their published haiku, provide bios and photos. The exhibition When North meets South will be held November 4 through to November 26 2012 when the completed art works will be available for purchase at Bellamys' Gallery, Macandrew Bay, Dunedin.

2013 Exhibition

Just a quick post to direct you to our 2013 exhibition, Bellamys at Five. We’re celebrating our 5th birthday and 20th edition in September with another exhibition. This time we’re using poems instead of haiku as our inspiration for the artists. After selecting 50 poems from the 162 which have appeared in our cards over … Continue reading


Thank you and au revoir

Well that’s it – all over! The eight months planning felt like eight months, yet the three-week exhibition flew by.  With the proceeds from the exhibition we’re planning to trial Poems in the Waiting Room cards in the Lower Hutt region. We’re already mulling over ideas for a 2013 fund-raising project. To continue reading click … Continue reading

More Visitors

I’ve enjoyed chatting to Macandrew Bay School children about the exhibition. After admiring the shoe, the dresses, the paintings, sculptures and the jewellery there was great debate about what their favourite art work was and why. As they were leaving a little girl came up to me and whispered, do you know what my favourite … Continue reading

Waves bring ashore

I had no idea how Dallas would go about designing a dress in response to her chosen haiku. I guess that’s why Dallas is a designer and I’m not! When she emailed to let me know the dress was ready for delivery I replied, tonight would be good. I was curious, impatient and excited. I … Continue reading

Just white daisies

We needed daisies, just white daisies. But oh, who had them. My white daisies were way past their best, Pauline had some but they were the variety which were very highly umm unfragrant……. So she put a mayday out to her friend who provided some and when they wilted I raided my friend Noela’s garden … Continue reading

Breaking news

Lyn Hurring’s meet you at the wishing tree artwork  sold within five minutes of the exhibition opening. Numerous disappointed people commented on that red sold sticker!  Lyn’s work was in response to Catherine Mair’s haiku spring morning all these knee-high children & small dogs Lyn emailed me this morning with some great news. Click on … Continue reading

Eyes closed

By now you’ll be familiar with my photographic struggles when dealing with glass and reflection. Rob provided me with a photo for the Exhibition booklet, before his artwork was framed, so move on over and click on The Exhibition and select Eyes closed to see a reflection free version of Rob’s artwork! Jenny Longstaff, Ron … Continue reading

The Gallery

I’ll continue to post a daily blog featuring one art work until the exhibition finishes on November 26 but tonight I’ve decided to add a quick snapshot of all the art indicating which works are still available. If you’re interested in finding out further information about any of the unsold work please send me an … Continue reading

Winter sunset

While I was minding the Gallery two afternoons last week Emma was working away in the back room framing. Now and then I’d pop in and watch what she was doing, ask a few questions and then wander back out to the Gallery, happy in the knowledge that my art, poetry, didn’t require framing! Click … Continue reading

The wide blue sky

Andre Surridge provided 6 haiku, 4 were selected by artists and two were chosen twice. Jenny Longstaff and Ron Esplin both chose the above haiku and it was interesting to see how they interpreted it. Jenny’s haiku became the face of When North meets South as we chose to use it in all our advertising … Continue reading