Stuff and nonsense in art show

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Curtin Primary School’s new mosaic, “The Midnight Garden”
CURTIN Primary School has thrown caution to the winds with the “stuff and nonsense” theme of its coming Art Show, commemorating the 200th anniversary of Edward Lear’s birth.

Lear’s famous poem, “The Owl and the Pussycat”, was used to inspire works by Curtin’s school children.

“From pottery and sculpture to painting and drawing, the children have created unique artworks by thinking outside everyday life,” said Mrs Lindsay Musto, principal of the school.

The Art Show will also display pieces by Canberra artists, including Isla Patterson, Vivien Pinder, Iris Blewett, Sue Cook and Sandra Rolston, and all artworks will be for sale. Funds raised go towards an artist-in-residence program for the children at the school.

Last year’s inaugural art show resulted in a large outdoor mosaic made from ceramic, glass gems, mirror and paua shell tile.

The mosaic, entitled “The Midnight Garden”, was designed and led by artist Kim Grant and involved all classes from Kindergarten to Year 6.

“I am thoroughly impressed with the children’s work,” Grant said, adding, “It’s overwhelmingly important that our children are removed from televisions and computer screens and given opportunities that they love to do, and which get them problem solving, feeling, understanding and questioning.”

The Curtin Primary Art Show will be opened by the director of Canberra’s Manning Clark House, Judith Crispin, on May 18 at 6pm (tickets $10) and runs 11am to 4pm on May 19 (entry by gold coin donation) and 10am to 4pm on May 20 (entry by gold coin donation) in Curtin Primary School, Patterson Hall, Theodore St, Curtin.

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