Burns Art Exhibition in Oamaru

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Every year, the young people of Waitaki have the chance to be great artists as part of the annual Burns Memorial Art Exhibition held at the Forrester Gallery.

This year’s exhibition opened on Saturday, and will run until Sunday, June 22.

Curator Alice Lake-Hammond said the exhibition was a real highlight of their winter programme.

“Each year, we invite every school and early childhood education centre in the Waitaki district to submit 10 panels of artwork each, and this year we’ve had another impressive response,” she said.

“Paintings, collages, print, drawings, models, sculptures and much more are shown at the gallery for up to four weeks.”

The Burns Memorial Art Exhibition is one of the Forrester gallery’s most popular exhibitions, attracting more than 3000 visitors every year.

The exhibition started in 1970 and is named after Mr George Burns (1903-1970). Mr Burns, who was born and educated in Oamaru, was editor for the Christchurch Star-Sun. During his time there, The Star ran an annual schools’ art exhibition throughout the South Island and although this exhibition no longer takes place, the Burns Memorial Art Exhibition is held each year in memory of George Burns and his commitment to encouraging young people to create art.

It is now in it’s 44th year.

Ms Lake-Hammond said the enthusiasm of Waitaki’s young artists was inspiring.

“We’ve received an amazing range of artworks this year, everything from hot air balloons, musical bottles, a photographic slideshow and even a tree… the list goes on!

“It is safe to say that the future of art in Waitaki is in very good hands.”

The staff of the Forrester Gallery wanted to thank all the students and their teachers for their hard work in putting the exhibition together, as well as the dedicated team of volunteer exhibition installers who helped install the works last week.