Top young artists' work on show

TINA LAW
Last updated 09:01 25/06/2012

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An exhibition featuring the work of New Zealand's top young artists, including eight from Canterbury, opens today in Christchurch.

The touring art exhibition, "Top Art", shows work from the top visual arts pupils, who gained excellence in the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level-three last year.

Portfolios of design work, painting, printmaking and sculpture from 53 pupils is on display at Mairehau High School until Friday.

A New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) spokesman said "Top Art" provided an opportunity to secondary school pupils, teachers and members of the public to view the high standard of art produced in schools and to gain an understanding of what was required to provide excellence in visual art at level-three.

The exhibition will go to 33 venues around New Zealand until September.

The Canterbury students with artwork on display are: Lu Lin, Burnside High School; Ashleigh Horrell, Ashburton College; Chelsea Saunders, Hagley Community College; Johnathan Allen, St Andrew's College; Chelsea Thomson, Mairehau High School; Christopher Dickson and Nicholas Warren, both of Christchurch Boys' High School; and Narelle Sindos of Lincoln High School.

The work can also be seen on the website topart.govt.nz, where Warren said his used techniques including collage, photocopy release and printmaking.

Sindos, who entered work in the sculpture section, used junk food including marshmallows, popcorn and also made plaster castings of objects.

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- The Press

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