Arts students get behind Gigatown campaign

STACEY KNOTT
Last updated 12:58 02/04/2014
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COLOURFUL BUNCH: NMIT bachelor of arts media students, Lyndsey Cassidy, Katie Pascoe, Catherine Russ, Helena Newport and Aiden Smith, with their Gigatown posters.

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Art students are getting behind the Gigatown Nelson campaign, designing posters to promote the competition.

Bachelor of arts and media students from the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology have been working on posters that will be displayed in Nelson to generate more support for the high-speed internet competition.

Nelson is currently third in the nationwide competition. It has to be in the top five by September to qualify for the final run-off.

Broadband installer Chorus is offering the winning town ultrafast broadband and the competition is reliant on people using social media to promote their town or city. If Nelson wins, internet speeds will be about 80 times faster than an ADSL connection. Chorus will award one town or city the internet connection and $200,000 to help take advantage of the winning prize.

Tutor Catharine Salmon said her group of 17 students had a "fantastic learning experience" creating their posters.

They are in the first year of their degree and made the posters as part of their drawing and design paper. Students were given a brief which asked them explore composition and motives.

Salmon said if Nelson won the Gigatown competition there would be "huge possibilities".

"It will get the whole place buzzing."

She said the internet was a fundamental part of the course. They used it to look up videos on technique and research artists.

Student Katie Pascoe enjoyed making the posters and said hers had motifs which reflected Nelson including a sun and blue waves.

The posters will be displayed in the Trafalgar St council building windows next month and in June.

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