In 2021 the Blue Stories Project was initiated in Whakatū Nelson by illustrator and designer, Karolina Gorton, and Perinatal Support Nelson, as an exhibition of portraits alongside inspiring and encouraging stories.

In 2022 the project is expanding its reach nationwide. Stories from Cantabrians and original artwork created by Karolina will be exhibited in Christchurch from September to November. You are invited to come along and connect with inspiring locals as they share the stories that so often remain untold.

  • 24 September, 1pm: Official exhibition opening in the Sydenham Room, South Library (all welcome).
  • 24 September to 21 October: South Library exhibition.

This exhibition has been created in collaboration with Perinatal Wellbeing Canterbury. Find out more, hear audio interviews and read a selection of Blue Stories online at


“Perinatal depression is a hidden illness and we need to bring it into the light.” – Erin Manning, Perinatal Wellbeing Canterbury

“...a deeply moving and profound project...” – Rachel Sanson, Nelson City Councillor

“The PND project display stopped me in my tracks today. Ka rawe! Good to see PND in the spotlight, from first person perspective.” – Rosamund Feeney, Community Programme Coordinator