Saving art from the skip and framing it for a bright future.
Incredible artwork is created at a secondary school level and, more often than not, these student art folios, filled with fabulous works, end up either in a deep, dark corner of their parents' garage or in the school skip.
Our new initiative, which launched in 2018, is a free programme available to Senior Visual Artists (Year 11-13) to showcase their work and connect with our community of collectors. We provide upfront financial support, through the purchase and professional framing of the original artworks and fund the reproduction of their limited edition prints. The artworks are then made available to the collectors through our online gallery and annual exhibition, with a commission of all sales going directly to the artists.
Our Secondary School art students face a number of roadblocks when taking the first daunting leap to publicly showcase their artwork. They often lack confidence, resources and funding to create and present their work on a professional level and have limited ways of marketing themselves and connecting with the wider arts community. Since our inception in 2018, The Creators’ Room has provided upwards of $85,000 in financial support to our young Creator’s in Canterbury alone.
As part of our mission to encourage continued participation in the arts once these students leave their school environment, we award an annual scholarship to one deserving Creator, consisting of a $3,000 cash contribution to help support the growth and development of their artistic career. The scholarship is judged by an independent judging panel consisting of practising artists and art experts.
While our programme is currently only available in Canterbury, watch this space...we will be bringing this opportunity to all Secondary Schools throughout New Zealand in the coming years.