Students’ art work on display

by Kent Caddick

Artwork by Darfield High School students will feature in a new exhibition at the Selwyn Gallery in Darfield.

The exhibition, entitled ‘Paint is Pain and Drinking T’, is a collaborative show featuring the work of Years 11, 12, and 13 art students from Darfield High School.

Malvern Community Arts Council coordinator Rose Gerard said the art displayed in this exhibition is work from Terms 1 and 2 when students are beginning to find their feet and explore the initial ideas set out in a self-driven proposal.

“As the year progresses, students will continue to pursue these concepts, working towards the end-of-year folio examination for NCEA, due in October and November,” Ms Gerard said.

“Having the exhibition at this point is a rewarding break for the senior students. It allows them to view and enjoy their accomplishments thus far, and to take a step back, take a large breath, and carry on their journey into Term 3 and the completion of their folio in Term 4.”

She said the visual arts programme at the high school offers students an exciting opportunity to travel on a journey of self-expression and personal interest, and to develop a conceptual way of thinking.

“In return for their passion, perseverance, and time, they are rewarded with a body of art which is a reflection of themselves and their year-long journey.”

The exhibition will open on June 23 and run through to July 6 and the gallery will be open daily, except Mondays, from 10am to 4pm for the duration of the show.

Artist: Nicole Grigg