Pupils’ creations on show in Artarama!

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Creative bunch . . . Beaconsfield School chil dren display some of their many creations, which they will enter in the upcoming Artarama exhi bition at Aigantighe Art Gallery. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

by Alexia Johnston

South Canterbury’s budding young artists are putting their artistic talents to work for this year’s Artarama! exhibition.

The exhibition, which opens at Aigantighe Art Gallery today, attracts artworks by children at early childhood education centres, primary and secondary schools, and after-school art groups throughout the district.

“It’s exciting to see what their wee minds develop and how excited they get about producing something.” – Hamish Brown

Beaconsfield School pupils are among those looking forward to this year’s event.

Principal Hamish Brown said a big papier-mache moa would feature among the school’s entries, along with paintings, drawings and digital images.

“We’ve got entries from every year level, so everybody is taking part,” he said.

“I think it’s exciting to see what they can do. It’s exciting to see what their wee minds develop and how excited they get about producing something.”

And it was not just the children who benefited.

“The very cool thing is other people get to see it and that’s exciting as well. But, they do really well and it’s a focused effort,” Mr Brown said.

Artarama! is primarily sponsored by Rotary of Timaru North, which helps install the art that comes into the gallery for the event.

A range of prizes are is offered as part of the exhibition, including the Richard Logan Memorial Award.

Mr Logan, who died in 2012, and his wife Margaret were founders of Artarama! It was their vision to start an exhibition of children’s art.

The artworks will remain on display until August 27.

The gallery is open from 10am-4pm, Tuesday to Friday, and from noon-4pm on weekends. It is closed on Mondays.