Art exhibit focuses on peace

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by Greta Yeoman

Young South Canterbury artists are encouraged to illustrate their image of peace for an upcoming exhibition.

The “Tumanako” art exhibition, which will be displayed at Timaru Public Library in August, encourages children aged 8 to 18 to create a work of art on the theme “what do you imagine a peaceful world looks like?”

Timaru exhibition spokesman Jordan Chang said the exhibition recognised the August 1945 nuclear bombing in Hiroshima, Japan, and the first anniversary of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Mr Chang is a member of the New Zealand branch of the Japanese Buddhist movement Soka Gakkai, which is collaborating with Unicef, Anglican Care South Canterbury and the United Nations Association’s New Zealand branch on the project.

This is the first year the art project has been run in the South Island.

Other young artists, from Wellington, Whakatane and Auckland, will create art for displays in their cities.

South Canterbury artists were encouraged to create their artwork in any way they liked, Mr Chang said.

The exhibition will open at Timaru Library at 10am on August 4.

Individuals or school classes can submit artworks by July 12; pick-up by arrangement.

Visit www.sginz.org/hope for more information.