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Pacific Origins Inspire Student Art

December 19, 2014
Teremoana Heather models a necklace featuring paua “leaves” and carved coconut shell. The Year 11 St Joseph’s Mäori Girls’ College student wants to be a wildlife biologist but enjoys art.

Teremoana Heather models
a necklace featuring paua
“leaves” and carved coconut
shell. The Year 11 St Joseph’s
Mäori Girls’ College student
wants to be a wildlife biologist
but enjoys art.

Thirty senior secondary students explored their Pacific heritage in art over the term break, carving coconut shell, collaborating on a mural and writing and recording an original piece of music.

The group were taking part in a Fresh Horizons programme of workshops offered by the Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust at EIT’s ideaschool.

Over three days, the Year 11-13 students were guided by artists Chris Charteris, Lizzy Leckie AmiriaPuia-Taylor and Anonymouz as they carved coconut shell into objects and body adornment, responded to local social issues in painting a transportable mural and created a “soundscape” inspired by Pacific music.

A non-profit organisation established in the 1980s, the trust is funded by Creative New Zealand and ASB Community Arts Trust to mentor and support contemporary Pacific art and artists.

Tautai Fresh Horizons workshops have been hosted on the EIT campus for the last four years, attracting 115 Hawke’s Bay students interested in expressing their Pacific heritage in art.

This year’s workshops were coordinated by Auckland-based artist A.D Shierning (Tautai) and Maryanne Marsters (EIT). The students were drawn from Hastings Girls’ High School, St John’s College, Taikura Rudolf Steiner School, Hastings Boys’ High School, Napier Girls’ High School, Napier Boys’ High School, Sacred Heart College, Williams Colenso College, St Joseph’s Mäori Girls’ College and Taradale High School.

Participating schools will have the opportunity to showcase the mural at their school.