Sunday, 07 June 2020


Student art on the Coromandel to be celebrated

The Whitianga Art Group is inviting every school on the Coromandel Peninsula to be participate in an art exhibition that will form part of this year’s Tuia 250 commemorations, featuring the themes of navigation, first encounters and a shared future.

The exhibition will be held from Saturday 19 October until Monday 28 October in the Whitianga Art Centre and Gallery in School Road.

The exhibition is being organised by Art Group members Pam Mundell, Jenny Cotterell and Greg Healy.

This year is also the 50th anniversary of the Whitianga Art Group.

“In honour of the Tuia commemorations and our own anniversary, we thought it would be a good idea to celebrate the many wonderful young artists in our area and hold an exhibition where all the schools on the Peninsula can be represented,” says Jenny.

The schools will be asked to select their students’ artworks that will form part of the exhibition. The artworks will be exhibited in three categories - junior, intermediate and senior. There will be first place prizes, merit awards for each category and “People’s Choice” awards, where members of the public can vote for their favourite pieces via a $1 donation.

The focus will be on exhibiting the works of as many students as possible. There will be a 60cm width restriction, however the artworks can be of any height and can be created in any medium, as long as they are hangable. It is hoped the exhibition will see approximately 100 artworks displayed.

“The students will be given a real exhibition experience”, says Jenny. “There will be an opening ceremony and formal judging by talented artist, Charlotte Giblin.”

The exhibition will take place when many visitors are expected in the Mercury Bay area for a variety of Tuia 250 events that will take place during that time.

The Art Group are happy for students to sell their pieces during the exhibition and won’t be charging commission on any sales made. They are also happy to provide the students with guidelines as to how much they should charge.

“Even at this early stage, several businesses have offered to sponsor prizes,” says Pam. “Gordon Harris The Art & Graphic Store will be sponsoring the first prizes. But we are looking for more merit prizes. The more prizes we can get, the more students can have their artworks recognised and rewarded.”

Merit prizes and prizes for the people’s choice awards can be in the form of cash, vouchers or products and should ideally be to the value of approximately $50. Businesses interested in sponsoring one or more prizes can contact Pam at email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The sponsoring businesses will be recognised for their contributions.

The members of the Whitianga Art Group will have new works on display in conjunction with the exhibition of the students’ works. The Art Group members’ pieces will also adhere to the Tuia 250 themes.  

Pictured: Whitianga Art Group members Pam Mundell, Greg Healy and Jenny Cotterell are organising a school students’ art exhibition that will form part of this year’s Tuia 250 commemorations.


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