Artists pitch in to help school

22:58, Nov 06 2012
hampden art gala
PICTURE THIS: Nelson artists chat with pupils about the upcoming Hampden Street School gala. From left are, Sarah Holman, Ryan Thelin, 5, Duncan Leask, Sally Barron, Tania Bostock and Mia Davis, 5.

A lineup of creative parents from Hampden Street School are plying their wares for a good cause.

Artists and parents at the school have submitted work to its second annual art exhibition.

They include Nic Foster, John McMillan, Sally Barron, Alison Eades, Sarah Holman, Duncan Leask, Clare Makwana, Annie Leather and Louise Douglas.

Hampden Street School committee member Fiona Lulham said the school's gala was raising money for furniture being bought as part of classroom renovations.

Ms Lulham said last year's inaugural art exhibition was a big success, and the school was keen for it to become a regular part of the gala.

"The art exhibition [last year] raised about $3000. We sold about $15,000 worth of artwork," she said.

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Other artists in this year's exhibition included former parents of the school, such as Kathryn Furniss, Tania Bostock and Marilyn Andrews.

Artworks included jewellery, photography, paintings and steel art.

Ms Lulham said a percentage of each sale would go to the school, so the 30 participating artists would benefit from the exhibition too.

"The gala itself features lots of fun for the kids, with water walkers, bouncy castles, an obstacle course, face painting, smash-a-plate, jolly bags and much more," she said.

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