Cel­e­brat­ing the cre­ativ­ity of our youth


The S(u)CEED Pro­gramme launched two in­trigu­ing col­lec­tions last week at Ara­toi: an ex­hi­bi­tion of 31 art­works of sil­ver­point, acrylics, etch­ing, wa­ter­colours and draw­ings, and a book ti­tled Trust in Young Peo­ples’ Cre­ativ­ity fea­tur­ing 40 pieces of orig­i­nal cre­ative writ­ing.

The foyer of Ara­toi was buzzing with ex­cite­ment at the launch: it was quite a thrill for the sec­ondary school stu­dents to see their work ex­hib­ited in a mu­seum and pub­lished in a book. Imogen Marsden had never drawn with sil­ver be­fore and said ‘‘it was cool to do’’. Anita Clarke said ‘‘it was dif­fi­cult and took a lot of time’’. Erin Hud­son taught me the word ‘fae’.

S(u)CEED – Sec­ondary (Unique) Cur­ricu­lum Ex­ten­sion, En­rich­ment and Devel­op­ment Pro­gramme –cel­e­brates the cre­ativ­ity of youth and of­fers ac­tiv­i­ties in vis­ual art, writ­ing, de­bat­ing, dance (bal­let), zoo en­rich­ment (cre­at­ing an item for an­i­mals to eat from), and for the first time: mu­sic pro­duc­tion in the stu­dio. Next year, foren­sic sci­ence will be added.

The ini­tia­tive for stu­dents across the Wairarapa, from Pahiatua to Grey­town, is co­or­di­nated by Colleen Dou­glas and funded through Master­ton Trust Lands Trust.

The stu­dents en­joyed the chal­lenges, worked hard, had fun, and ‘‘showed tenac­ity and a will­ing­ness to try new things,’’ said Colleen Dou­glas.

The two-day cre­ative writ­ing (and edit­ing) pro­gramme was led by au­thor Anna Macken­zie: ‘‘The sto­ries that young adults write can be raw or pol­ished, fresh or fa­mil­iar; they can be whacky, chal­leng­ing or sweet - just like their au­thors.’’

Artist Linda Til­yard, who led three full days of work­shops at King Street Art­works, sees youth as be­ing so ca­pa­ble and skilled, in­clud­ing in ar­eas where she is not, such as tech­nol­ogy.

Other shows on at Ara­toi: Bound­less (Print­mak­ing on 3D), Stitches 2017 (Em­broi­dery), Gifted (Ara­toi col­lec­tion), An Or­na­ment to the Town (Band Ro­tun­das) and Tina Finn: The Uses of En­chant­ment.

This ar­ti­cle is sup­plied by Ara­toi, Wairarapa Mu­seum of Art and His­tory.


S(u)CEED par­tic­i­pants from left: Linda Til­yard, Anita Clark, Cloe Robin­son, 14, Imogen Marsden, 14, Emma Simp­son, 14, and Colleen Dou­glas.

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