DHS stages ex­hi­bi­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Artis­tic tal­ent from past and present Dun­stan High School students and teach­ers will be on dis­play at a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion dur­ing the school’s 50th Ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tions next week­end. The ex­hi­bi­tion, Cel­e­brat­ing the Art of Students and Teach­ers at Dun­stan Past and Present, will show­case the dif­fer­ent art styles students from the school have pro­duced in the past 50 years. Cen­tral Otago Arts Trust co­or­di­na­tor Max­ine Wil­liams said ‘‘Dun­stan has pro­duced some amaz­ing artists over the years and this a great time to see their work put to­gether. ‘‘A lot of peo­ple would have known tal­ented artists at school and now they will be able to see re­cent work,’’ she said. Year 13 stu­dent Ged Finch, 18, is us­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion to show­case his own unique dio­rama art­work for the first time. In­spired by movies such as The Lord of the Rings, Troy and Star Wars, Ged recre­ates scenes from poly­styrene and foam card. His art­work, which he has been pro­duc­ing since the age of 12, cap­tured the at­ten­tion of New Zealan­ders in a Trade Me auc­tion last year. An auc­tion for one of his works at­tracted more than 50,000 views and hun­dreds of com­ments. Next year he plans to move to Welling­ton to study in­dus­trial de­sign and his am­bi­tion was to work for Weta Work­shop, which worked on the LOTR’s tril­ogy. The ex­hi­bi­tion will be held in the DHS drama suite dur­ing the three days the ju­bilee was be­ing held and all works would be for sale. Ex­hi­bi­tion com­mit­tee mem­ber Pip Ped­of­sky said part of the pro­ceeds from work that sold would go to­wards in­stalling seat­ing in the school’s gym­na­sium.

In­spired work: Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict Arts Trust co-or­di­na­tor Max­ine Wil­liams and Dun­stan High School head boy Ged Finch take a closer look at Ged’s dio­rama art­workThe Black­Gate. The piece will be a part of the Cel­e­brat­ing the Art of Students and Teach­ers at Dun­stan Past and Present ex­hi­bi­tion dur­ing the DHS 50th Ju­bilee next week­end.

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