Kids pour hearts into art
A group of young Diocesan School for Girls students are using their artistic talents to raise money for much-needed renovations at Highwic house, which is celebrating its 150th birthday this year.
Year 5 students have used the historic home as their inspiration during the past few months to create artworks including ceramic tiles, paintings and drawings which will be auctioned on July 20 at the Newmarket house.
The artworks from the Reflections exhibition can be viewed at Highwic's Billiard House until July 19 before the auctioneer, dressed in 19th century garb, puts them under the hammer.
Highwic was built in 1861 for one of Auckland's largest landowners, Alfred Buckland.
The timber house was extended to accommodate Buckland's 21 children between 1873 and 1885.
Diocesan art teacher Kerrie Parker says the Reflections project links the school and students to the community.
"Many of us have regularly driven past Highwic and not realised that this historic treasure lies on our doorstep. So the art project has also been a great way for the girls to learn about the history of the house," Ms Parker says.
The restoration of Highwic has already begun says spokeswoman Wendy Johnstone, but Diocesan's art auction is a new venture.
"It is particularly appropriate as Alfred Buckland was an auctioneer himself, but his expertise lay with livestock."
Highwic house is at 40 Gillies Ave in Newmarket and is open 10.30am to 4.30pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Call 5245729 or go to historicplaces.org.nz.