MAGS draws on artists for show

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By ROSE CAW­LEY

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.

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