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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 04:51 am

Students’ murals brighten up neighbourhoods in Paint Up project


FRESH PAINT: From left, Berhampore students Khalid Awad and Chetna Ramela outside their Berhampore School mural.

STUDENTS’ hopes and dreams have been painted into a 30 metre-long waka on the Britomart St frontage of Berhampore School.

The rain held off on Wednesday as 22 year four and five students gathered to celebrate their new mural.

The mural, painted with the support of local artist Tina-Rae Carter, is a depiction of a waka.

“In this waka are the Berhampore students’ designs that present their sense of community, where they come from, what they’re passionate about, why they like living in Berhampore,” Ms Carter said.

“Above their sense of community they have painted their hopes and dreams for the future, a smoke free world, lots of birds, money, family and study.”

The mural is part of the Wellington City Council’s Paint Up project that supports graffiti prevention, community safety, youth empowerment and community arts.

Newtown School students were also involved in the project, painting their own mural at Carrara Park substation.

It was painted by nine Year 6 students with local artist Kiri Hira.

“The Newtown mural depicts a lyrical landscape scene with symbols designed and painted by the students that represent what makes Newtown unique to the students, from its cultural history and people’s market to the network of roads that make up this vibrant suburb,” said Ms Hiha.

Leading up to the mural paintings, students at both schools participated in six workshops run by Eastern Southern Youth Trust.

They met with local iwi, police, Newtown Residents Association and the Newtown Community Centre to learn about the history and future of their communities.

City council arts portfolio leader Ray Ahipene-Mercer says the council’s Paint Up is part of a strategy to take art into the community, and involve them from step one.

“Through these projects young people not only learn about the art of designing and painting murals but they also learn a lot about the cultural and geographical heritage of where they live,” he said.

“The plan is to create a sense of ownership, pride, confidence and hope.”

The project was funded by the Wellington City Council and a grant from The Lion Foundation.

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  1. These artworks are in my hood and they really brighten up the place. Love the astronaut kid. Thanks, Jo, I love news and pics about my neck of the woods.

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