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Kiwi Artists Bringing Colour To The Lives Of Refugee Kids


12 September 2012

Kiwi Artists Bringing Colour To The Lives Of Refugee Kids

The Little Lotus Exhibition sees the work of over 30 talented creatives come together in an exhibition which will ultimately build new dreams for the children who inspired them.

“What do you dream?”, the exhibition title was inspired by the children. It became an evident theme for both the artists and the children interpreting the phrase on multiple levels.

“I was immediately drawn to Tha Lin Cho’s character” says New Zealand designer Gina Kiel “in my piece the goddess has the ability to share good dreams and I have adorned her with images of the dreams of the children”.

Running for one week at the NZ Portrait Gallery, Shed 11 on the Wellington Waterfront, this exhibition will raise awareness and funds for children supported by SpinningTop. During the exhibition, the artwork will be auctioned off on Trade Me, with all profits going towards the children’s ongoing welfare.

Featured artists include: Misery, Michel Tuffery, Jon Drypnz, Flox, Meghan Geliza, Sofia Minson, Stephen Marty Welch, Gina Kiel, Martin Horspool, Askew One, James Robinson, Turi Park and more.

Background: ‘Little Lotus Project’ is a collaborative art project ran by the children’s charity SpinningTop. The project links international artists with refugee and migrant children on the Thai/Burma border.

Over the past two years, the project has seen 16 talented artists/creatives from across the globe fundraise their way to the Thai/Burma border. The artists worked with and inspired refugee and migrant children who have fled from the instability of Burma and are now supported by the children’s charity, SpinningTop.

Just like the Lotus flower, these children deserve the chance to flourish and with art and creativity missing from their lives the Little Lotus Project brings them the joy of creativity and at the same time raises vital funds to support their ongoing welfare.


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