Every year Te Manawa adds dozens of items to its collections. Artworks to the art collection; artifacts of our society, past and present, to the heritage collection. Long before anyone had heard of Covid-19, collecting was to be paused during the first six months of 2020. When a community is as generous with its donations as this one, says collections manager Jeff Fox, sometimes you need to stop to get your breath back...

Te Manawa commissioned a painting from local artist Shane Cotton. The finished work, River Diamond Blue, was on display in the Supernova exhibition alongside its working drawing. Rob Mildon and Jeff Fox spoke with Shane about the painting and its creation.

Te Manawa is open under Covid-19 Alert Level One.