MAGS draws on artists for show
Another secondary school is stepping into the art world with a fundraiser it hopes will be a knock-out.
Mt Albert Grammar’s new art show has gathered the support of more than 100 New Zealand artists and more than 200 works will be on display.
The show is being rolled out by the Friends of MAGS committee under the umbrella of the school’s advancement office.
The office was started a year ago and aims to develop a world-class fundraising programme. The school is aiming to raise $10 million by 2022.
Director of advancement Tim Kay says the event is an exciting addition to the school’s calendar.
‘‘We’ve had a great response from the artistic community – both professional artists and emerging, up and coming artists.’’
He says the funds raised will support a range of school initiatives with a particular focus on the arts.
‘‘Historically MAGS has been known I guess as a sports school,’’ he says.
‘‘But it is about providing an all-round education and that is not just sport, it is very much the academic side of school and also the visual and performing arts side of school.’’
Works by selected senior students will be on show alongside that of the professionals.
Sandringham artist Neal Palmer has children at the school and is happy to support the show.
‘‘As an artist you get asked to do a lot of community project sort of stuff but it is really nice to do something that I have a vested interest in with the kids.’’
Palmer’s artwork and that of other well-known New Zealand artists including Dean Buchanan will be auctioned.