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Exhibition helpers from left, Murphy Page, 16, Tom Nieuwenhuyzen, 15, and Jacob Nicholson, 16, with some works to display.
An annual exhibition celebrating South Canterbury’s young creatives opens this week at Timaru, with the works on display evolving and improving each year, organizers say.
Anna Reihana, organizer of the Voice Youth Arts Project exhibition and promoter and facilitator of Wave Health, said the exhibition, now in its 13th year, receives art from a range of different mediums. , including painting, photography, drawing and digital media and creative writing.
“Over time, the quality of the work has improved, it is getting stronger and stronger every year.
“We have really strong starters,” Reihana said.
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She said they had expanded their categories to accommodate “all modes of creative expression” and that this year would be the second year to include a creative writing section. The number of entries in this category has increased from 4 to 12.
Mountainview High School student Cat MacClure will present her slam poetry on the exhibit’s opening night.
“Slam poetry is such a powerful medium for young people.
“His [Cat MacClure’s] the subject matter is very raw,” Reihana said.
In her 13 years of involvement, Reihana said she’s seen a shift in the type of artwork submitted, which she says is simply “a reflection of where the world is headed.”
“Once upon a time, 80% of the work was painting. Today, 40-50% is digital media. »
The exhibition is organized in partnership with Wave South Canterbury, Ara and YMCA South and Mid Canterbury, and Reihana said they are always looking to improve. Next year they will focus on ways to involve more people outside mainstream education, she said.
Beginning with an opening night on Tuesday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m., attendees can expect to see 135 works of art, the slam poetry performance as well as a few songs from Timaru’s Third Junction Smokefree Rockfest winners.
The exhibition runs until September 30 and will be open to the public during regular cafe hours from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, at the student cafe on Timaru’s Ara Campus at 32 Arthur Street, Timaru.