Donated prints of Nelson's newest public sculpture have raised $1291 to help the disadvantaged try their hands at art.
The Nelson City Council decided that Community Art Works would be the charity to benefit from the prints donated by Spanish artist Juanjo Novella, who created the Miyazu Park sculpture.
Community Art Works is a creative space operating out of a council-owned building in Paru Paru Rd.
It caters for people who cannot access mainstream art programmes, including disabled people, disconnected youth and people with mental health issues.
Novella donated 250 prints of his sculpture to the council, 100 of which were made available to the public through the Nelson Mail in return for a donation.
Community Art Works co-ordinator Faye Wulff said they were very grateful and the money raised would go to materials for next term.
"[Art] doesn't attract huge funding. We all need art to colour our lives. It's what makes us different. It's a safe place. You can work independently. It gives you the freedom to express yourself. Nelson is lucky to have it."
Novella said he was pleased the prints could help a good cause.
"I gave a gift to the council. It is really their idea [how they used it]. I am very happy with their decision.
"I am a public art artist. I like being useful to the community."
Council arts and heritage adviser Debbie Daniell-Smith said just over half the available prints were sold in the fundraiser, with an average donation of just over $20.
"The main thing was that we wanted people to take the opportunity to get behind it.
"They were getting an absolute bargain, because they are worth $150 to $200."
Mrs Daniell-Smith said some of the purchasers got very good deals, as they had not realised the quality of the prints.
The council is considering what to do with the remaining prints, and may make them available again as part of another fundraising event.
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