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Young Artists Try Fresh Take On 'Ned'

11 April 02

Young artists try fresh take on 'Ned' The Ned Kelly Schools Art competition

Local school students are creating their own versions of Ned Kelly's exploits, for an art competition that will be displayed at Capital E, Civic Square from Saturday 20 April to Sunday 19 May.

The competition is open to Wellington school students aged 5 to 18, who can submit paintings or sculptures based on Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly Series. Students can show another event or image from the Ned Kelly story, or base their work on one of Nolan's paintings. Nolan's 27 paintings on the life of the famous bushranger are currently on display at City Gallery Wellington until 19 May.

"This competition gives students a chance to respond to Nolan's narrative paintings or let their imaginations run wild and portray their own 'Ned' images, while working within the schools art curriculum," says Justine McLisky, education coordinator, City Gallery Wellington.

The competition has been organised jointly by City Gallery Wellington and Capital E. Admission is free, and the public will have a chance to vote for their own favourite work during the exhibition. There are three age group categories - Junior (5 - 8 years old); Intermediate (9 - 12 years old) and Senior (13 - 18 years old). Winner and runners-up prizes will be awarded in each category.

Students wishing to enter should talk to their teacher about the competition, says Justine McLisky. They have until Tuesday 16 April, 5pm to submit their work.

Justine McLisky runs booked class visits to Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly Series, and the Tracey Moffatt and Mikala Dwyer exhibitions also currently running at the Gallery. These include an informative guided tour tailored to suit class levels, and other activities including an art workshop option for Yrs 5-10. Discounted admission cost for pre-booked classes of just $2 per school student; teachers free. Advance bookings are necessary. T: 04 801 3965 / fax 801 3096 / justine.mclisky@wcc.govt.nz

City Gallery Schools Programmes funded by Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom, Ministry of Education. Sidney Nolan's Ned Kelly Series is presented by Ernst & Young, Russell McVeagh and Telecom New Zealand Ltd. Indemnified by the New Zealand Government. Generously supported by The Breeze. A 2002 New Zealand Festival event. Tracey Moffatt is presented by Saatchi & Saatchi. Mikala Dwyer is a City Gallery Wellington Australian Artist's Project, presented by Silverscreen and Oktobor. Open City public programme Principal Sponsor Montana Wines Ltd. City Gallery Wellington & Capital E are managed by the Wellington Museums Trust with major funding from the Wellington City Council


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