Nelson College for Girls students celebrate women through art

Nelson College for Girls students Georgia Bailey, 14, Emma Pegg, 15, and Kaylani Boyd, 14, with their art work ...
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Nelson College for Girls students Georgia Bailey, 14, Emma Pegg, 15, and Kaylani Boyd, 14, with their art work celebrating influential women in their lives.

Art teacher and sculptor Grant Palliser was wandering through the Brooklyn Art Museum when he noticed an exhibition that might work for his Year 10 Nelson College for Girls art students.

It was called  The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago and set about trying to immortalise women who had been written out of history. It featured 36 women featured in an artistic project with a runner plate and a goblet. 

So Palliser brought the idea home and the results have been displayed in the school gym.

A long line of students' pieces adorn its hall, all dedicated to influential women in their lives.

Kaitlyn Boyd, 14, depicted a scene for her mother who was born in the Cook Islands and has always wanted to go back.

"She is my inspiration, she has always been there for me," Kaitlyn said.

Georgia Bailey, 14, depicted a scene for her grandmother. 

"She picked up her family in England and came all the way to New Zealand not knowing what would happen so she could build a whole new life."

Emma Pegg, 15, said her scene for her grandmother was inspired by art. 

"She was an artist when she was younger. She inspires me through art."

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