Art classes for children put Womad in the spotlight

JOHN ANTHONY
Last updated 05:00 05/02/2013
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Artists at work: Manukorihi Intermediate School students (from left) Jordan Barlow, 10, Ben Lilly, 11, Maximus Allen, 11, and Meshaq Healey, 11, help create Womad bunting with the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.

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Taranaki kids will help brighten up shop window displays in the leadup to Womad 2013.

Just like last year, hundreds of Taranaki kids will take part in workshops to create Womad-inspired art.

Last year, Taranaki students created 70 flags to line streets in New Plymouth and Stratford to promote Womad 2012. This year the flags have been put up again and now Womad 2013 artwork is under construction.

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery education co-ordinator Rebecca Fawkner-Egli said staff would be taking 57 art classes around Taranaki in the coming weeks to make bunting flags for Taranaki business window displays. "So, hopefully, shops will be beautifully decorated," Ms Fawkner-Egli said.

Yesterday, a class was held at Waitara's Manukorihi Intermediate School, the third school to be visited so far. The bunting was Womad-inspired, with the art classes set to the tune of music from performers featuring in the 2013 lineup.

Children who produced bunting would go in the draw to win Womad tickets, she said.

"They give us the artwork and have the experience and, in return, they have the chance to see and hear some of the music in real life," Ms Fawkner-Egli said.

Manukorihi Intermediate School student Maximus Allen, 11, said he was a big fan of both the bunting artwork idea and Womad. He's attended Womad before and even got the opportunity to meet 2011 performers Rango from Egypt and Sudan.

"It was really cool," Maximus said. "My favourite part was . . . just sitting down and listening to all of the music."

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