12 months of quirky art to enjoy in Whitireia calendar

Last updated 10:09 13/11/2012
Kris Dando

CALENDAR ART: Year two Whitireia arts students Danielle Collis, John Tuimaualuga and Meghan Arnold display some of the months in the calendar they have produced.

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Five Whitireia Community Polytechnic Bachelor of Applied Arts students have created something a little bit different as part of their second-year studies and it will be on show at an upcoming undergraduate exhibition at Trio Gallery in Wellington.

Their project, which has taken them a month to complete, was a 2013 calendar. Each month is a colourful tribute to a nursery rhyme and while there are no traditional squares to note when your next WOF or haircut is due, it will appeal to those seeking something quirky.

No two months are the same in terms of the way the days are laid out.

"It's been great for us because unlike having something individual to work on, which is what we usually get, for this we've been able to do it as a team," student Meghan Arnold says. "We've produced something tangible but not very conventional. I hope it becomes an annual project for the year two class."

The A3-sized calendar comes back from the printers this week and there is an initial print run of 50. Selling for $25, money raised will go towards the printing and the students' course fees. Although the exhibition will be the main avenue to purchase them, you can view the calendar at www.mad.gen.nz or email Ms Arnold at meggy.loops@gmail. com.

The undergraduate exhibition, Toast, runs from November 16 to 29 (Monday to Friday only) at Trio gallery, 15 Dixon St, Wellington. It is a showcase of emerging New Zealand and international artists and is the culmination of a year of creativity at Whitireia, with jewellery, textiles, painting, print- making, graphic design and sculpture on show.

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