Is­land teen wins Pat Hanly Creativ­ity Award

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With the help of fel­low Wai­heke res­i­dents, Lucy Grun­feld has taken home an Auck­land­wide award for creativ­ity in vis­ual arts.

The Pat Hanly Creativ­ity Awards are open to Auck­land based year 13 stu­dents and recog­nise those who dis­play high lev­els of creativ­ity in the vis­ual arts.

Grun­feld’s art­work, as part of her course at ACG Se­nior Col­lege, was in­spired by dis­abil­ity.

Kiwi artist Alan Pear­son and Span­ish painter Lita Ca­bel­lut in­spired her art­work, she said.

‘‘Their art­work in­cor­po­rates dis­abil­ity not in a way that makes dis­abled peo­ple look weak but in a way that makes them look strong,’’ Grun­feld said.

When she be­gan her re­search, one of her fam­ily friends who works at Wai­heke’s Sea­side Sanc­tu­ary Rest Home helped or­gan­ise for her to visit the res­i­dents.

‘‘There were a few re­ally amaz­ing peo­ple who were ea­ger to model for me and let me take pho­tos of them,’’ Grun­feld said.

‘‘It just es­ca­lated from there.’’

She also used Auck­land Art Gallery as a back­drop for her images of fig­ures with dis­abil­i­ties and in­cor­po­rated sym­bols such as braille into her work.

In do­ing so, it al­most im­plied that res­i­dents at the Wai­heke Sea­side Sanc­tu­ary Rest Home were the art them­selves, Grun­feld said.

Her art­works have taken nearly one year to cre­ate and she still has one fi­nal piece to com­plete. She has been ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent medi­ums.

The sup­port from the Wai­heke com­mu­nity was amaz­ing, she said.

‘‘The art shop on Wai­heke has been so help­ful. I tell them what I want to do and they help find the equip­ment I need.’’

Grun­feld plans to study fine arts and physics next year at univer­sity.

‘‘For as long as I can re­mem­ber I loved do­ing art and my par­ents do art in their own time and I have just grown up with it,’’ she said.

ACG Se­nior Col­lege art fac­ulty co­or­di­na­tor An­drew Stra­chan nom­i­nated Grun­feld for the award, which was pre­sented by Auck­land Art Gallery Toi o Ta¯maki ear­lier this month.

Her work dis­played tremen­dous con­fi­dence in the way it ma­nip­u­lated im­agery and un­usual ma­te­ri­als to com­mu­ni­cate her theme, Stra­chan said.

The awards are about mak­ing art ac­ces­si­ble and en­cour­ag­ing young­sters to have a voice.

Lucy Grun­feld vis­ited res­i­dents at Wai­heke’s Sea­side Sanc­tu­ary Rest Home. SUP­PLIED

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