An exhibition of two halves

Artist Wayne Hill (left) and poet Teoti Jardine, both of Riverton, helped Aparima College Year 10 pupils create sculptures and poems for the college's Wellbeing Walkway this year. The pupils' poems were on display at the Riverton Community Arts Centre recently.

THE Riverton Community Art Centre has a busy summer season.

Aparima College Year 11 pupil Emily Dewer’s watercolour on paper featured in the exhibition.

Recently it hosted the Aparima College Senior Art Exhibition, ReGeneration – Art meets Nature – with half of the artworks from Years 11-13 NCEA Visual Art pupils, and the other half poetry (with photographs) inspired by sculptures from the college’s Wellbeing Walkway.

The Wellbeing Walkway was created from found objects this year.

Aparima College English teacher Lynne Grove said as part of the Creatives In School Project, Ministry of Education criteria required the project to be created “in partnership with a professional artist or creative practitioner”.

Artist Wayne Hill, from the Riverton Community Arts Centre, and poet Teoti Jardine, both of Riverton, were asked to work alongside the pupils.

The process, from the conception of ideas to creating sculptures and poetry, took about a year, with the Covid-19 lockdown extending the process.

Poems were created to link in with the sculptures and explain what they were about.

Jardine said writing poetry allowed the pupils to explore their creativity, with part of the process learning local history and what “connected them to this place [Riverton/Aparima]”.

Kaumatua Muriel Johnstone, of Riverton, also spoke to the pupils, he said.

“She told them some of the old stories about this place [Aparima]… about her grandfather… how he told her the stories as they would go on their walks… stories that hold dear to her… their old stories of the area.”

It helped the pupils “access their own feelings”, he said.

Both Hill and Jardine were delighted observing how the pupils had blossomed throughout the lengthy project.

Each poem was typed on a sheet of paper with a photo of the corresponding sculpture and exhibited.

NCEA art
Twenty-five other art works were also on show as the other half of the exhibition.

As part of the NCEA studies, the pupils had to use a variety of techniques and conventions related to their particular area of study, such as painting or photography.

They had to show techniques in their original work and also demonstrate learning from the styles of established artists, whether historic or contemporary.

Exhibitions to feature at the art centre would be A Brush With Art, Thursday, December 24, to Sunday, January 3, except Christmas Day, 11am-4pm; and Art Release artworks by Deb Racz and Karen Friend with guest artists, Wednesday, January 6, to Sunday, January 17, 10am to close.Nike sneakersNike Air Force 1 High