Talented youth acknowledged at awards
An organiser of guerrilla gigs and a multi-talented musician are the big winners of the Student City Arts Awards.
Harry Lilley was declared supreme Artist of the Year at the awards ceremony, held last night at the Palmerston North Convention Centre.
He also took out the Artistic Facilitation award for organising shows across the city and helping run the Arts on Wednesday programme at Massey University.
Part of that work involved founding The Guerrilla Sessions - a series of pop-up shows in unconventional sites, such as behind disused cafes, down alleyways and behind Square Edge.
He is also a well-known busker in Palmerston North.
The inaugural young artist award went to Freyberg High School student Josh Finegan for various musical achievements throughout the year.
He won the Rockquest musicianship award last year, drumming for Minus52, while his new band The Jeffreys won the regional final of the high school music competition this year.
He also has a solo project, Alpha Beta Gamma, and has performed multiple shows - including at a guerrilla session - during the year.
The 17-year-old previously told the Manawatu Standard he had been playing drums since 2005, and had since learned guitar, bass and keyboards.
Despite his talent, he said he was not looking to make a career out of music. "It's not really a realistic option, but it would be nice.
"I'm going to continue with music [after school], but just as more of a hobby," he said.
UCOL student Jessica Vaotuua won the cultural contribution award for running youth workshops, and the best musical artist award went to Isaac Henderson.
Hannah Pratt's lead role in Massey Summer Shakespeare production The Tempest landed her the best drama/performing arts award.
Rachel Purdie won best literary artist, while William Bennett was awarded best visual artist.
Awards judge Jeff Carr said the work being produced by Palmerston North students was of a high standard. "Not only are we celebrating their talent, we are saying thanks for continuing to make the arts and cultural scene grow, both locally and nationally."
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