Young parents create inspiring panel artwork

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THE city centre is to be brightened with the art of the Invercargill community as groups and individuals create artwork to be placed around the redevelopment fencing.

Invercargill Central public relations manager Amy Hibbs said more than 500 panels would be put up and would include artwork, prints of redevelopment renders and information on what was available during the development period.

Murihiku Young Parents’ Learning Centre pupils got together to craft a panel.

About 18 pupils are enrolled at the centre and, last Friday, a week into designing and painting, seven of them (pictured above) spent the afternoon honing their painting skills.

Mauri Ora facilitator Nadine Young said they had until next Friday to complete their design, which was a combination of original ideas and inspiration from online sources.

The pupils had been talking about whakapapa, and this had been incorporated into the design, she said.

Pupil Rebecca Fitzgerald was in the process of painting a section which represented her family.

“I’ve been doing art since I was 5, it’s a lot of fun.”

The first of the panels was expected to be put up from mid-June.

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