Whanganui’s celebration of women is underway.

La Fiesta launched at Space Studio & Gallery on Saturday night, an event which doubled as the opening of the gallery’s exhibition dedicated to the festival.

Six Word Memoirs – An Artist’s Response builds on an exhibition which was organised by Kelly Scarrow and hosted by Gallery on Guyton at last year’s La Fiesta.

People were asked to write their memoirs in six words.

“She decided she wanted to do an exhibition on responses to those memoirs. Everyone’s created one or two pieces and it’s a really diverse range,” Space Studio & Gallery curator Sarah Williams says.

The artists involved are Rachael Garland, Antonia Sims, Lindsay Marsh, Catherine Macdonald, Katherine Claypole, Raymond del a Haye, Paul Rayner, Mark Rayner, Kelly Scarrow, Sarah Williams, Carla Donson, Justine Godsall, Pauline Allomes and Aaron Potaka.

“It’s quite an emotive exhibition,” Williams says. “A lot of the memoirs are responses to pretty heavy or hard times people had to get themselves through. Some of them are positive as well.”

Artists were sponsored to create each piece so the proceeds from sales can be donated to the Whanganui Women’s Network which runs La Fiesta.

 **  Click here to read our interview with La Fiesta organiser Carla Donson **

Space will also host a night market as part of La Fiesta on February 25 from 5.30pm.

“This time it’s all going to be upstairs but the gallery is going to be open as well,” organiser Emma Kim says.

A range of arts and crafts will be on show and for sale.

Kim said the gallery liked to get involved as in events such as La Fiesta and the market has become part of the identity of Space as well as the festival.

“It’s good to have these events and to celebrate La Fiesta and get involved. We’re still working hard to make it fun for everyone.”

**Featured photo, Katherine Claypole hanging her piece for Six Word Memoirs – An Artist’s Response.