Around 30 entries in New Zealand’s most significant secondary schools art scholarship, are on display at Unitec until 29 August.
The scholarships, organised by Lopdell House Gallery, were open to any secondary school student living in West Auckland, irrespective of where they go to school, and entries can be in any artistic discipline.
Top prize in the TTCF funded event is $5,000, which is a significant sum for any New Zealand artist not just a secondary school student, says gallery director, Lesley Smith. The prizes are specifically for paying the fees for tertiary study (in any discipline). The art department at the winning student’s school will receive $500.
The exhibition, in the Library foyer, Building 1, Unitec, has been curated by a former Unitec student, now working for Lopdell House Gallery.
“Unfortunately, the display can only be for a brief, two week, period because many of the students need their work back for part of their final assessment,” says Lesley.