Artists col­lab­o­rate for 50th

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Young Porirua artists have been work­ing with noted artist Michel Tuf­fery as part of a new col­lab­o­ra­tive project called heART­works.

Tuf­fery, Porirua City Coun­cil and Whi­tireia Polytech­nic have joined forces as part of Porirua City’s 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion.

Se­lect stu­dents from the five Porirua sec­ondary schools will work with Tuf­fery on de­signs us­ing the Gi­ga­town Porirua heart logo.

‘‘I’ll pro­vide the tools for them to ex­press what they are think­ing,’’ Tuf­fery said at the launch. ‘‘We’ll cook up some vis­ual kai to­gether.’’ He en­cour­aged the stu­dents and their teach­ers to look for the small things that have made Porirua spe­cial, be it a great pie shop, de­tail of a carv­ing at a marae or a com­mu­nity church.

Deputy mayor ’Ana Cof­fey said the col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach meant the city coun­cil was able to back a project that in­volved stu­dents, Whi­tireia, busi­ness and the com­mu­nity.

‘‘Porirua has had 50 years of un­leash­ing tal­ented artists,’’ Cof­fey said.

‘‘It’s ex­cit­ing to col­lab­o­rate with Michel Tuf­fery on this project and have an­other op­por­tu­nity to show­case young Porirua artists.’’ Chris White, the Whi­tireia co­pro­gramme manager vis­ual arts and de­sign, said he looked for­ward to see­ing how Tuf­fery used the en­ergy and vigour of the stu­dents to de­velop art.

‘‘I’d like to think we can get all the schools in­volved. We want it to be lively and busy,’’ he said.

Dur­ing the launch on March 9, for­mer Whi­tireia stu­dents Zac Ma­teo and Jack Kir­ifi took some of the themes dis­cussed and in­ter­preted them as a heart de­sign on a win­dow at the Whi­tireia venue.

Busi­nesses are be­ing urged to get in­volved by spon­sor­ing ma­te­ri­als. In re­turn they re­ceive a heART­works de­sign for dis­play. Tuf­fery and the stu­dents will do some of their art print­ing projects at pop- up sta­tions around the Porirua CBD dur­ing May.

The project runs un­til May 20.

Work of art: Zac Ma­teo and Jack Kir­ifi work on a heart de­sign dur­ing the heART­works launch.

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