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Schools canvas artistic talent

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School children from the central city are pouring their imaginations out onto the canvas as they prepare work for the annual Inner City Arts Programme.

For 16 years the programme, ‘Through the eyes of a child’, has supported primary and intermediate aged students to produce artwork for individual exhibitions at their schools and later a combined exhibition showcasing the best pieces from the area.

From May to November the students paint, sketch, sculpt, mould and dye artwork as part of the curriculum to follow a theme selected by their individual schools.

Schools involved this year include St Joseph’s, Newton, Richmond Road, St Francis, Ponsonby Primary, Marist, Pasadena Intermediate, Bayfield, Freemans Bay, Pt Chevalier, Grey Lynn and Ponsonby Intermediate.

Sponsor Hills Commercial Flooring has been on board since the programme’s inception and Bayleys Ponsonby has been a devoted sponsor of the programme for more than a decade.

Bayleys Ponsonby sales manager Bernadette Morrison says the programme offers students a chance to experiment with different artistic techniques and explore their creative talents at an early age.

“Year after year we are so impressed by the artwork the children produce. They have so much fun along the way and really get a kick out of seeing their art on display for their parents and the public to see,” Bernadette says.

Book vouchers courtesy of Bayleys Ponsonby and Hills Commercial Flooring are awarded to around 20 prize winners from each school and a cheque for $1000 is donated towards each school’s art programme.

A selection of artwork from each school is then delivered to the Bayleys Ponsonby office where the team works to collate it for a public installation at New World in Freemans Bay.


“The team loves being a part of the programme and seeing the students taking a real interest in art both for enjoyment and as the beginnings of a potential career in the creative industry down the track,” Bernadette says.

Hills Commercial Flooring managing director George Hill and wife Lynda take an active role in supporting the programme by contributing not only financially, but by delivering and collecting display screens for the exhibitions. The pair attends each exhibition and coordinates the calendar of events for each year.

The first exhibition this year was held at St Joseph’s School in the last week of May to a great response from the local community.

Most school exhibitions will be held in term three with a selection of work to be showcased at New World Freemans Bay in the September school holidays.

Click here for more information and calendar of events.

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