Pupils’ chance to shine

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Participants in last year's FibreOctave Wearable Arts Awards.

IT is that time of year for artists to get their creative juices flowing, especially since organisers are urging them to start thinking of submitting their entries to Invercargill’s annual FibreOctave Wearable Arts Awards.

Organisers believe it will be the biggest show yet, with a new category allowing school pupils to enter.

Event organiser Gaye McElroy said 88 schools in Southland and Otago had been contacted to encourage pupils to create wearable art.

“Entries from local primary and secondary school students have been received in the past, but without a designated school section these entries were judged along all other entries. The time has come for a separation and recognition of the talent demonstrated by these young people.”

A top prize of $2500 is on offer while the winner of the school category will get $250.

Some 700 people packed out the venue last year with some of the profits being donated to charity.

McElroy said the Southland Hospice would be the beneficiary charity of this year’s event which will be held on June 14.

Tickets for the event go on sale on February 1 at www.iticket.co.nz or at the Bill Richardson Transport World.

Judging the entries will be well-known Maori artist Cheree Te Orangaroa Downes from Invercargill, Wayne Hill, a sculpture artist from Riverton and Invercargill hair designer Adrian Barclay.

Entries for the event open on February 1, with details to be found on the FibreOctave website.

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