12 months of quirky art to en­joy


Five Whi­tireia Community Polytech­nic Bach­e­lor of Ap­plied Arts students have cre­ated some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent as part of their sec­ond-year stud­ies and it will be on show at an up­com­ing un­der­grad­u­ate ex­hi­bi­tion at Trio Gallery in Welling­ton.

Their project, which has taken them a month to com­plete, was a 2013 cal­en­dar. Each month is a colourful trib­ute to a nurs­ery rhyme and while there are no tra­di­tional squares to note when your next WOF or hair­cut is due, it will ap­peal to those seek­ing some­thing quirky.

No two months are the same in terms of the way the days are laid out.

‘‘It’s been great for us be­cause un­like hav­ing some­thing in­di­vid­ual to work on, which is what we usu­ally get, for this we’ve been able to do it as a team,’’ stu­dent Meghan Arnold says. ‘‘We’ve pro- duced some­thing tan­gi­ble but not very con­ven­tional. I hope it be­comes an an­nual project for the year two class.’’

The A3-sized cal­en­dar comes back from the print­ers this week and there is an ini­tial print run of 50. Sell­ing for $25, money raised will go to­wards the print­ing and the students’ course fees. Al­though the ex­hi­bi­tion will be the main av­enue to pur­chase them, you can view the cal­en­dar at www.mad.gen.nz or email Ms Arnold at meggy. loops@ gmail. com.

The un­der­grad­u­ate ex­hi­bi­tion, ‘‘Toast’’, runs from Novem­ber 16 to 29 (Mon­day to Fri­day only) at Trio gallery, 15 Dixon St, Welling­ton. It is a show­case of emerg­ing New Zealand and in­ter­na­tional artists and is the cul­mi­na­tion of a year of cre­ativ­ity at Whi­tireia, with jew­ellery, tex­tiles, paint­ing, print­mak­ing, graphic de­sign and sculp­ture on show. Cal­en­dar art: Year two Whi­tireia arts students Danielle Col­lis, John Tuimaualuga and Meghan Arnold dis­play some of the months in the cal­en­dar they have pro­duced.

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