Polyfest inspires artwork

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New River Primary School teacher Emma Borland (left) and Murihiku Maori and Pasifika Cultural Trust manager Pauline Smith with New River Primary School pupils holding their Polyfest Art Exhibition entry. Photo: Sanda Jukic

ABOUT 100 entries have been received for the annual Polyfest Art Exhibition, which will be open to the public at the Southland Museum & Art Gallery (SMAG) from Saturday to November 3.

Murihiku Maori and Pasifika Cultural Trust manager Pauline Smith said about 500 children were involved in creating artworks for the exhibition.

“Entries came from primary schools, high schools and child care centres.

“Children used ainting and printing mostly, but this year we also received a few sculptures,” she said.

This year’s theme was Celebrate the Environment.

“The theme made the exhibition really strong because we all live in an environment and when we create things that we are surrounded by, we have a connection to them and that’s what made a really strong response.”

The exhibition was organised by the Murihiku Maori and Pasifika Cultural Trust in collaboration with Environment Southland and the Department of Conservation.

The placegetters will be exhibited at SMAG and the other pieces will be displayed in shop windows and at the Invercargill Public Library.

The overall winner will be announced at a private event at SMAG today.

The judges were artist Katherine Buess, SMAG visual arts curator Ari Edgecombe and ceramics artist Irene Schroder.

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