by Al Williams
Aigantighe Art Gallery in Timaru is preparing for this week’s exhibition of more than 100 artworks by Ara arts and media students.
Polychrome is an annual exhibition showcasing Ara Timaru arts and media students’ best work of the year.
“For most of our students it will be their first public exhibition, which is very exciting for them. They learn how to display and price their work,”Ara art tutor and programme co-ordinator Michael Armstrong
Artworks by 28 students from Level 4 to 6 would be on display from tomorrow.
The majority of the works are wall pieces and some 20 others are sculptures.
“There is a huge range of different works of high quality. The students always come up with new ideas and that really impresses me.
“I’m sure the audience will be attracted to the artwork,” Mr Armstrong said.
For the Level 6 students the pressure was on, as they had to also organise the event, Mr Armstrong said.
Their tasks included preparing the catalogue, flyers and entry forms, selecting works with their tutors, as well as organising all the art works from the other students.
A blessing is scheduled for 11am today when an Arowhenua representative and iwi members will perform a karakia and bless the artworks as a part of the Manaaki Taonga (a formal Maori blessing).
The official opening is scheduled for 6pm this evening. This will be followed by an award ceremony to acknowledge the students’ work.
Several awards will be presented, including the South Canterbury Art Society award, the Aigantighe awards and the Wallace Family awards.
The Wallace family presents the awards in honour of their daughter Samantha, who died in 2008. Samantha was an art graduate and exhibited at Polychrome in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Polychrome opens to the public tomorrow at the Aigantighe Art Gallery in Timaru and runs until November 20.