Flags deliver a message
About 500 prayer flags designed by Porirua students are fluttering in a new exhibition at Pataka.
Fly Me Up to Where You Are includes artworks inspired by the tradition of Tibetan prayer flags, intended to promote peace, strength and wisdom.
Auckland artist Tiffany Singh began the project with Auckland students ear- lier this year, presenting a similar exhibition as part of the Auckland Arts Festival in March.
In April she began workshops with Porirua primary and secondary students, teaching them how to paint, stitch, screen print and use wood blocks to create their flags.
The aim is to bring diverse communities together, and to give youth a voice.
By displaying their ideas on flags, students were able to present their opinions in a public space, Singh said.
‘‘It’s really empowering. It makes them feel like they’re being listened to,’’ she said.
The part-Samoan, Indian, Maori and Pakeha artist spent five years volunteering in India, before returning to Auckland to focus on art.
Fly Me Up to Where You Are until September 8 at Pataka.