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‘Paint is Pain and Drinking T’ Darfield High Students exhibit at Selwyn Gallery

23 June – 6 July 2017

Darfield High School Art Students Years 11, 12, & 13

The exhibit ‘Paint is Pain and Drinking T’ is a collaborative show featuring the work of Years 11, 12, and 13 Art students from Darfield High School.

The art displayed in this exhibition is work from Terms 1 and 2 when students are beginning to find their feet and explore the initial ideas set out in a self-driven proposal. As the year progresses, students will continue to pursue these concepts, working towards the end-of-year folio examination for NCEA, due in October/November.

Each student at Years 12 and 13 elected to work in a particular field for NCEA. On offer this year were painting, printmaking, and sculpture. After selecting their subject matter, the students explore a variety of established practices to inspire their work. Themes this year range from Auckland Island rabbits, chaos and order, architecture, and self-portraiture to a twist on the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland.

Year 11 students began the year recording still life through a mixture of wet and dry media, and then moved on to printmaking and painting to produce more personal and individualised work towards their NCEA folio.

Having the exhibition at this point is a rewarding break for the senior students. It allows them to view and enjoy their accomplishments thus far, and to take a step back, take a large breath, and carry on their journey into Term 3 and the completion of their folio in Term 4.

The Visual Arts at High School offer students an exciting opportunity to travel on a journey of self-expression and personal interest, and to develop a conceptual way of thinking. In return for their passion, perseverance, and time, they are rewarded with a body of art which is a reflection of themselves and their year-long journey.

Selwyn Gallery will be open daily (except Mondays) from 10am to 4pm for the duration of this show. Please do come along and enjoy the variety of works on display. A show programme will be available from the gallery. Check us out on

For further information or additional photographs please contact Rose Gerard, MCAC Arts Administrator on the contacts above.

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