WW1 Art Competition offers Rotorua students chance to win $10,000 scholarship

Monday, 19 February 2018

Rotorua Museum is giving Rotorua high school students the chance to win a $10,000 scholarship prize by creating visual art based on the story of a Rotorua person who served in the Great War.

Students will select someone from a list of people who have been researched and will be asked to interpret an aspect of their story through one of seven visual art mediums – painting, print making, sculpture, moving image, photography, digital or mixed media.

Rotorua Museum’s Head of Education Emma Liley says it’s important to continue passing on knowledge of World War One.

“Stories about the remarkable young men and women of Rotorua who served aren’t necessarily well known and we think it’s time their stories were told – especially with this being the last year of the centenary commemorations” says Liley.

Rotorua Museum education team, Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri heritage and research staff, WW1 researcher Andrew Monk and Rotorua Lakes Council kairangahau research specialist Ben Manley spent months investigating 18 people from Rotorua who played an important role in the Great War. They range from soldiers, nurses and medics, to concert performers.

The competition is open to students in Year 9 to 13 who attend schools within the Rotorua District with a dedicated art teacher or art department.

Entries need to be given to art teachers by 5pm Wednesday 4 April 2018. Schools will select six finalist entries that will form the The Art of Remembering – Te Pū o Mahara exhibition which will be on display at The Arts Village from 20 April until 25 May 2018, encompassing ANZAC Day.

Judges will select a Supreme Winner Award from the finalists. The winner will be awarded a scholarship for further study to the value of $10,000 as well as a day trip with their art teacher to Wellington to visit The Scale of Our War exhibition at Te Papa and a tour of Weta Workshop.

Finalists will also have the opportunity to win Excellence in Art Awards of $1,000 scholarships towards further study and participating high schools will each receive $1,000 voucher from National Art Supplies.

The competition is possible thanks to the generous support of the Ngāti Whakaue Education Endowment Trust which sponsored the prizes.

Ngāti Whakaue Education Endowment Trust Board Chairperson Monty Morrison said they are pleased to support this initiative organised by the Rotorua Museum education team.

“Recognising the many brave people who served in the Great War is extremely important as many are related to our Ngati Whakaue learners. The board look forward to seeing our talented rangatahi interpreting their stories through visual art mediums” says Morrison.

Students that are interested in finding out more about the competition should speak to their school art departments or visit www.rotoruamuseum.co.nz/education/nz-schools/artofrememberingww1/

ENDS

For further information:

Kathy Nicholls, Communications & Marketing Coordinator,

Arts & Culture Division, Rotorua Lakes Council

P: 07 351 7831 C: 0276 741 898 E: Kathy.nicholls@rotorualc.nz

Image credit: Rotorua Museum Education team with some of the researched WW1 stories. From left: George McLeod, Emma Liley and Kristina Joyce.

 

 

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