Artists collaborate for 50th
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.