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Porirua icons to inspire student collaboration with renown artist

Mar 30th, 2015 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Latest News, Most Popular, News

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ICONIC Porirua imagery will inspire art to be created by local students working with Porirua’s internationally renowned artist Michel Tuffery.

Selected students from each Porirua secondary school will have the opportunity to work with Michel over the next few months to create their own works.

Michel hopes the students’ art work will reflect on the best of Porirua and celebrate its rich history, while at the same time they gain skills and knowledge.

He is clear what he wants the students to achieve: “A visual outcome, so all the little different icons of Porirua, the best parts about Porirua, and hopefully get the youth to give their interpretation of the 50 years celebration of Porirua.”

Samuel Marsden Whitby student Harrison James Leslie was at the launch programme partner Whitireia Polytech and he is already thinking about possible art projects.

“When he said think about all those things that Porirua city is, I have really thought about it and I’ve come up with a lot of ideas, like the skate park. It’s always busy, you never see Porirua city quiet.

“On a sunny day it’s always vibrant with all the colours and everything like that.

“It’s been very cool.”

Harrison was impressed by one of Michel’s art work shown in the slideshow at the launch, a giant Kangaroo head made out of scrap cars in Sydney.

Deputy Mayor of Porirua, Ana Coffey described the project, which is being supported by the city council, as exciting.

“I think it was a really good launch of a pretty exciting project.

“I think Michel gave a really good grounding on what he’s got planned,” she says.

Michel has run similar programs in the Solomon Islands and South West Sydney for eight years and around New Zealand.

“I have various vehicle or collaboration projects that are running up and down the country,” he says.

Tuffery has received national and international recognition, and was appointed a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2008 Queens Birthday Honours.

A half-day student briefing for selected students from each college has been completed.

A one day workshop at Whitireia Polytechnic next month is their first opportunity to work with Michel to create their concept and design.

The artist will then provide creative guidance and feedback as they produce their final designs.

Their final workshop which will run over two days, during which Michel will take the students through printmaking processes and producing a small series of finished works on paper, fabric or other materials sourced from sponsors that join the project.

There will be pop-up printing stations around Porirua CBD during mid-May to showcase the student’s final designs.

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