The chance to raid an eclectic private art collection has given a group of local students the tools to create their own exhibition.
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology students Joel Whitwell, Nick Clark and John Roughan are curating their own art exhibition as part of their final year of study.
The project is aimed at teaching the students real-world skills in management and curation.
Due to a personal connection with the group, local art collector Mark Dunning allowed the students to raid his private collection, with the students selecting a diverse range of work: from drawings to paintings from artists such as Don Driver, Juliet Peters and Roy Cowen.
Mr Roughan said Mr Dunning had been "extraordinarily generous" with his collection.
Group member Mr Clark knew Mr Dunning, so the group had been able to go to his house and search through his extensive collection.
The sheer number of pieces available meant there was not enough wall-space to hang them, so many were left leaning against a wall, he said.
"He had stacks of this stuff, it's incredible."
Mr Whitwell said the preparation for the exhibition had been stressful, with several small elements to organise.
He had only had time to get excited once they had put the final plate of food down, he said.
The exhibition will be open between 11am and 1pm until Friday.
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