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Student Public Art Tour (Temporarily suspended)

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Please note: due to the temporary suspension of all educator-led programmes, this is currently not on offer.  


Bring your group for a unique walking tour and discover new ways to experience public art in Hastings CBD. Hear the stories behind our public art ollection and discuss them in relation to the surrounding environment. We will explore concepts, mediums and technical skills used by the artists, for example, we'll be looking at Neil Dawson's Sun Trap sculpture, hanging over the fountain area and comparing it with Jacob Scott's Kaitiaki Manu, Guardians of the Bird by the courthouse. Learn about Elements, Liz Earth's sculptures that connect to the whenua, representing the different facets that make up our environment; and discover the city's history through Adrian Thornton's Hastings Icons.

We begin the tour with a discussion. Does a city need public art to make it great? Is public art important in a city like Hastings, and should governments and corporations spend big bucks on such things? Along the way, students will be asked to photograph or sketch the artworks at certain stops.

The tour is offered exclusively for school groups and is suitable for both primary, intermediate and secondary school students. We will design the walk to suit your group and study focus.

There is limited, first-in-first-served transport funding available via Hastings District Council. If you are interested in this, please enquire.

Curriculum Strands: Visual Arts and Social Sciences

NCEA: 1.2-2.2-3.2- 1.1-2.1-3.1.

Suitable: Primary, Intermediate, Secondary

Duration: One hour

Cost: Free

Dates: Throughout the year

Contact our LEOTC Educator with any questions, phone 027 332 5496 or email.

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Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Closed on public holidays.

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