Wellington Schools welcome WOW with Drive By Art

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Thirty schools from the Wellington region are welcoming the Montana World of WearableArt Award Show by contributing colourful street banners to the Capital City.

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Thirty schools from the Wellington region are welcoming the Montana World of WearableArt Award Show by contributing colourful street banners to the Capital City.Thirty schools from the Wellington region are welcoming the Montana World of WearableArt Award Show by contributing colourful street banners to the Capital City.The new exhibition, a continuation of the City Council's award-winning Drive By Art programme, hits the streets this week.
More than 60 artistic banners, all painted by students, will appear from the Wellington Train Station to Cable Street to the end of Oriental Parade.
School art teachers and students were asked to create designs based on the theme of masks, suggested by Suzie Moncrieff, Creator/Director of WOW.

The Council, and main sponsor Pelorus Trust, provided each school with blank banners and a supply of test pots. Students eager to experience Wellington's first WOW season, have been working on their original art banners since July.

"Thanks to thousands of creative kids, our urban environment is going to get a lot more exciting and colourful," says Art Centre Project Manager Eric Holowacz, who developed Drive by Art as a way to connect creativity and community and build sense of place. "Bright faces, exotic masks, and unique designs will welcome everyone to the creative heart of New Zealand."

Gabrielle Hervey, CEO of WOW Ltd provided a resource kit for all participating teachers, and is delighted at the bold and dynamic outcome. "This student exhibition is another great way the city has supported the Montana WOW Awards Show - and most importantly utilises our event as the basis for developing creativity at all levels of the community," she says.
There will be a sign at eye-level underneath each banner detailing the name of the school and the banner. This exciting public exhibition will be on view throughout the spring and summer.

For more information about Drive by Art, or creative projects in Wellington, contact Eric Holowacz at arts@wcc.govt.nz

There are eight performances in the 2005 WOW Show season:

* Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th of September 2005

* Thursday 29th, Friday 30th of September, Saturday 1st (1pm and 8pm) & Sunday 2nd of October 2005

Friday 23rd is the Awards Night.

All Shows start at 8:00pm except for the Sunday Night performances which start at 6:00pm and Saturday 1st of October 2005 has a 1pm and an 8pm Show.

All Shows are exactly the same performance.

Venue:The Events Centre, Queens Wharf, Wellington, New Zealand.

Ticket Availability
WOW has sold out all tickets to all shows but there will be a release of limited house seats on the day of each show, e.g; tickets to Friday 23rd will be available for sale at The Event Centre on Friday 23rd from noon - 2pm and again an hour before the show starts if there are any available.

To cover the matinee & evening shows on Saturday 1st October, the ticket office will be open from 11am - 3pm (for this day only).
For more information visit www.worldofwearableart.com

Written by

Eric Vaughn Holowacz

21 Sep 2005

Eric Vaughn Holowacz was born in Princeton, New Jersey and grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. He attended Irmo High School, and was a member of its National Championship academic Quiz Bowl Team in 1986.