UCOL wall to be­come art gallery Ty­po­graphic works to fol­low We Are All Artists theme for tem­po­rary show

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

A new ini­tia­tive by Te Manawa’s NOA Open Stu­dio is go­ing to get lo­cal artists up on the wall.

The Paste Up! project will col­lect ty­po­graphic art with the theme of We Are All Artists and cre­ate a tem­po­rary dis­play on the bare ex­te­rior of UCOL’s Block 9 on Queen St.

Ac­ces­si­bil­ity and in­clu­sion is at the heart of NOA’s phi­los­o­phy. Its mem­bers chose this theme be­cause they be­lieve in the lit­eral truth of the state­ment “we are all artists”. They have en­cour­aged sub­mis­sions from peo­ple who might baulk at the idea that they could do any­thing artis­tic.

Palmer­ston North artist Keli Jarvis will be re­view­ing all the sub­mis­sions, and she couldn’t agree more.

“I work with the un­der­stand­ing that every­one and ev­ery­thing has the abil­ity to flour­ish, pro­vided they have the right en­vi­ron­ment,” she says.

Each art­work will re­volve around one of the let­ters in We Are All Artists. To­gether they will spell out the words of the theme.

“I’m filled with ex­cite­ment to have the op­por­tu­nity to work along­side the artists of NOA, and to see their cre­ations come alive and adorn one of our city’s blank can­vas walls,” Keli con­tin­ues.

Copies of the art­works will be pasted up on the Block 9 wall ready for an of­fi­cial open­ing on Au­gust 16.

Copies are used be­cause it’s in­tended for the dis­play to dis­in­te­grate over time. It will last for a month or un­til the Manawatu¯ weather has its wicked way, whichever comes first.

TAK­ING a leaf out of na­ture’s book.

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