Student artists eye the prize

by Kent Caddick

A new art exhibition and sale is aimed at encouraging senior students in Selwyn into exhibiting their work with the lure of a cash prize for their efforts.

The Selwyn Central Arts Council, or Arts Heart, is calling for entries into the inaugural Senior High School Student Art Exhibition in October.

Council chair Rails Mackey said it is the first time they have run an event specifically aimed at student artists.

“We have our annual art exhibition and exhibitions are what we do well but we wanted to have something that would encourage younger artists to exhibit their work,” she said.

“We noticed that only occasionally would young artists dare to enter our annual exhibition and if they did it was usually because either their parents or some close relative had pushed them into it.”

The exhibition is open to senior students from Years 11 to 13.

Mrs Mackey said they have been in contact with the high schools in Selwyn but also want to reach out to those students who go to school in Christchurch and other areas.

“It’s open to any senior student living in Selwyn — they don’t have to go to school in the district just live here.”

To incentivise the students the exhibition entry fee of $10 will be pooled and will be given to a winner who will be selected by the viewing public.

“The winner will be determined through a ‘people’s choice’ selection, not by us at Hearts Art. That means the artist with the most popular piece of work will get all the entry money.”

She said they have scheduled the event for early October during the school holidays. “Many of the students will already have their art portfolios done but they are often working on other pieces outside that.

“It is also about getting the young artists to the point where they are comfortable with exhibiting their work and experiencing how to prepare their work for hanging or placing in an exhibition.”

Each student is being asked to submit one piece of work for the exhibition and it can be anything from jewellery and ceramics to painting and photography, and the work must be for sale. The exhibition and art sale will be held at Rolleston Community Centre on October 7, with student artists having until September 28 to submit their entry form. The work needs to be delivered to the community centre on Friday, October 6. For more information people can email artsheartselwyn@gmail.com or call Rails Mackey on 027 717 1021.