The Mahara / Nga Manu children’s art project Exhibition

The Mahara / Nga Manu children’s art project Exhibition

Parliamentary Gallery, Bowen House, Wellington

On 10 February Mahara Gallery is launching the culmination of an ambitious children’s art and environment project partnership between the gallery and Nga Manu Nature Reserve which has supported and celebrated children’s artwork, poetry and weaving, generously supported by the Philipp Family Foundation. The exhibition is being held at the Parliamentary Gallery, Bowen House, and will run until 18 March.

This exciting project is the result of 4 years, 12 schools and over 800 Kāpiti students and has been supported by numerous local artists, musicians, poets and a film maker.

Many students who received awards in our earlier projects will have moved on in their schooling, so taking on board the Philipp Family Foundation motto, Everything is connected, we would love to connect with as many of these children as possible so they can come and share in this exciting event.

The books accompanying the exhibitions have travelled widely to the UK and Europe and been distributed also across the Pacific. Now we have the opportunity to bring as many of the children together as possible for a celebration of their work at the heart of New Zealand’s political centre, with the exhibition being sponsored by Jan Logie MP.

We will be displaying over 70 artworks so we are putting the call out for all those children who won awards from any of the following projects, Native Habitats, 2012; Wai Ora; Water Life, 2013; Wai Ora ki Tonga, 2014; and our current show Nga Manu; the birds to get in touch with us to receive a formal invitation.

Dean Hapeta, aka Kia Kaha Productions, has been working on a film which documents the entire project’s first 4 years, which is nearing completion and this will be also be screened during the exhibition.

If you are one of these children, a parent or teacher from one of the twelve schools involved, for more information please contact Mahara Gallery on (04) 902 6242 or [email protected]