Art entries tell a story

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From left, Murihiku Maori & Pasifika Cultural Trust representatives Pauline Smith and Tania Carran with Aurora College's head of technology Andrea Sexton look at an Aurora College entry for this year's Polyfest Arts Exhibition.

AURORA College head of technology Andrea Sexton says the Polyfest Arts Exhibition has provided an ideal opportunity to bring the school together.

The annual Polyfest Arts Exhibition, which has attracted 400-plus entries from early childhood classes through to Year 13 pupils, is currently being judged. The pieces are being judged by artists Irene Schroder and Sheryl Henare and Southland Museum & Art Gallery visual arts curator Ari Edgecombe.

The winners will be displayed at ILT Stadium Southland on Saturday, August 4, with other entries to be displayed at various businesses.

This year’s theme was storytelling, with Aurora College putting together a handmade mat. Every pupil and staff member made individual stars to make up the mat.

The mat is made from paper, harakeke (flax), and tapa cloth, with stars made from pages of books.

“Tapa cloth features in the middle. It is beautiful and the heart of our story mat with the Aurora constellation,” Ms Sexton said.

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