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Colourful . . . Forrester Gallery curator of education Liz King with some of the art featured in this year's Burns Memorial Art Exhibition. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD

While the Forrester Gallery may resemble a school classroom at the moment, there is a good reason for it.

The gallery in lower Thames St is holding its 47th annual Burns Memorial Art Exhibition, which features art created by pupils at preschools, primary schools and secondary schools from the district.

Forrester Gallery curator of Education Liz King described the exhibition as a “celebration of children’s creativity” and said more than 20 schools were involved this year.

She said a new feature of the exhibition this year was the introduction of short films, in which children explained the processes they used to create their artworks.

“It’s just a little bit of behind-the-scenes stuff for people to find out more about the techniques and the processes used .. just to go a little more in-depth.”

She was impressed with the standard of work produced this year.

“I think the quality is amazing. There’s some three-dimensional work and the finish of it is immaculate.

“There have been a few people walk in that haven’t seen the Burns memorial before .. they come in and get a fright because the whole gallery is full of colour.”

The exhibition, which runs until October 15, is named after Oamaru-born and educated George Burns.

He went on to become editor of the Christchurch Star-Sun in 1945, and later founded Star, a secondary school art competition.