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Sleep deprivation for a good artistic cause

Jun 27th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

WORKS OF ART: Students (from left) Patrick Anderson, Alastair Dickens and Matthew Roach lasted while D.J. Philips did not. On the front page, students Hannah Hughes, left, and Abigail Ngatuere.

AN art-a-thon lasting 30 hours has produced 45 artworks to be auctioned at Tawa College library on July 7.

More than 50 college students started the project at 6am on Wednesday last week, and the art created will raise money for World Vision.

Head of visual arts Marie Ross lasted the night, even though she had never gone a whole night without sleep before.

“I just thought it was amazing really, I can’t believe how quickly it went,” she says.

“A lot of them worked most of the time. We got more work than I was thinking.”

About 10 students managed to stay awake the whole night, while others had naps between the games, movies and completing their NCEA work.

Year 12 students Hannah Hughes and Abigail Ngatuere (pictured) managed with less than 15 minutes sleep and both produced works to sell in the auction.

Hannah says each student also had to raise $30 to take part.

“There’s like 40 of us, so $30 each, that’s over a grand. That’s going to help,” says Hannah.

There was also a speaker from Massey University, a presentation by World Vision’s Chris Jupp and a prizegiving at the end.

“There were prizes for funny things that happened. I won the best spider reaction,” Mrs Hughes says.

The artwork will be sold in a silent auction on July 7 in the Tawa College library.

“It’s like a charity auction with all proceeds going to World Vision,” says Mrs Ross.

“When people come in the door we’ll give them a code and they can go around and bid.”

Anyone can attend the auction, which will start at 3.30pm and closes at 6pm.

“I hope we get a really good turn out. If there’s one piece of work that lots of people like then hopefully it will make more money than if I’d put a price on it.”

Mrs Ross has no idea what they might make from the auction but the proceeds from all famine events this year will go to World Vision’s projects in East Timor.

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