Intriguing art at Polychrome: Ara art students’ exhibition

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31 Oct 2016


'Mythological Scene', By Chrissie Hastie, Painting & Collage

The Aigantighe Art Gallery in Timaru is preparing for this week’s exhibition of over 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 coordinator Michael Armstrong says.

Artworks by about 28 students from Level 4 to 6 will be on display. 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,” Michael says.

For the Level 6 students the pressure is on, as they had to organise the event. 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.

At 11am on the official opening day, 3 November, the local Arowhenua representative and members of the Iwi will perform a karakia and bless the artworks as a part of the Manaaki Taonga, a formal Māori blessing.

The official opening is at 6pm, followed by an award ceremony to acknowledge the students’ hard work. Several awards will be made, 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 passed away in 2008. Samantha was an Art graduate and exhibited at Polychrome in 2005, 2006 and 2007.”

Polychrome opens to the pubic on Friday 4 November, at the Aigantighe Art Gallery in Timaru and runs until 20 November.