Eastern Courier : November 12th 2010
11 EASTERN COURIER, NOVEMBER 12, 2010 NEWS Tall: In Search of Barebottomland by Christian Nicolson. Little hands add to NZ's biggest sculpture display Floral: In Full Bloom by Pam Oliver. Landed: From the Land by Karen Walters. Welcome call: Year 5 Vauxhall School student Greta Stewart performs a karanga or welcome call at the start of the powhiri. Gardener: The Hedge Trimmer by Hannah Kidd. Photos: BEN WATSON By LISA HONEYBONE A children s exhibit at the country s largest sculpture exhibition was officially opened with a children s powhiri at Fort Takapuna. The powhiri was led by the tangata whenua, Vauxhall Primary, who welcomed the manuhiri or guests, Belmont Primary. Each school s kapa haka group performed songs before taking a tour through The Fort. Children s Sculpture at The Fort is held during the NZ Sculpture On Shore festi- val running until November 14.Participating schools create their own themes and site- specific exhibitions that are displayed in the historic underground tunnels and rooms of Fort Takapuna. The event is a special opportunity for children to learn about art by exploring their own creativity in sculp- ture as well as learning about the work of professional artists. Vauxhall Primary principal Aaron Kemp had a sneak pre- view of the children s sculptures before the powhiri and says they all looked amazing. It s a wonderful reflection of the work that s been done by all the schools, he says. NZ Sculpture on Shore is the country s largest sculp- ture exhibition. Curator Rob Garrett, who went to Belmont Primary, says it s a real significance not just for the North Shore but for the whole of New Zea- land. He says it s wonderful to have the children s work dis- played underground along with the main exhibition. I m thrilled to have both exhibitions together, he says. NZ Sculpture On Shore began as a fundraiser for Women s Refuge and is still its largest funding support outside of government. The 2010 exhibition is the eighth to be held and the fourth to be held at Fort Takapuna. Adults entry $15, seniors $10, children five to 17 $5 and family pass $30. Visit www.nzsculptureon shore.co.nz for more inform- ation.
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