Southland anti-coal action group Coal Action Murihiku is having its official launch this Wednesday, 25 April (Anzac Day) at ArtSouth Gallery, 105 Main St, Gore, starting at 6.30pm. All are welcome, but please RSVP by phoning John Purey-Cust phone 03 208 5200 or emailing

This launch takes place in connection with ArtSouth Gallery’s 60 Year Retrospective Exhibition of distinguished Southland artist Wallace Keown:

The launch will be a unique opportunity to hear this Southland artist’s story and passions about what has driven him to produce so many significant works over a life time. ArtSouth will highlight Wallace Keown’s exhibition with a talk by Wallace about his different styles including some of his protest works such as ‘Mataura Billboard-How Green was my Valley’ painted in 1981- in the Muldoon Think Big era. “Mix and mingle with wine and cheese”.

This launch is an important event for Southland anti-coal activists and the movement nationwide. If you live in Southland, we hope you’ll be able to make it, and if you have concerned friends who live in Southland, please let them know about this event.