9 February 2015
Free mobile art exhibition helps children to develop their creativity
New Zealand’s only travelling art collection, designed to give kiwi students the chance to get up close and personal with art, will be doing its eight year of touring in 2015.
The exhibition, housed in a mobile art gallery, unfolds to form an 80 square metre display space and does more than just bring art to kids.
“The Real Art Roadshow is not just about art – it’s about helping students broaden their creativity, which is fundamental to helping young people become well-rounded adults,” said RAR co-founder and director, Fiona Campbell.
She said prior to the Real Art Roadshow, many students in geographically isolated locations throughout New Zealand never had the opportunity to experience real art.
“The Roadshow offers these students a chance to see real art instead of relying on textbook illustrations or web representations. They get to witness the true scale, texture and colour of over 60 pieces of original art,.”
Ms Campbell added that it’s not just kids who benefit.
“It costs nothing to have the Real Art Roadshow at a school. Plus, there’s the bonus of no red tape or compliance – everything is taken care of by the Roadshow team. We also offer schools teaching resources ahead of time, allowing teachers to structure their lessons to best fit their schedules and benefit their students.”
Ms Campbell said “If you can’t go to an art gallery, let the art gallery come to you.”
Note: The Real Art Roadshow was developed by Fiona Campbell, Rob McLeod and Gerald Barnett. Over 250,000 people have visited the travelling art gallery which showcases art by well known and emerging New Zealand artists, including Tony de Lautour, Dick Frizzell, Simon Ogden, Wayne Barrar, Octavia Cook, Don Driver, Ralph Hotere, Sarah Munro, Sylvia Siddell and Harry Watson. The collection focuses on post 1960s New Zealand visual art and Auckland digital marketing company.
For more information on the RAR, including provisional school visit dates and destinations for 2015, you can visit www.realartroadshow.co.nz
The Real Art Trust has just published the touring exhibition Real Art Roadshow, in a sumptuously impressive, high quality book. Full colour plates of each of the 126 New Zealand works in the collection, accompanied by accessible, insightful essays, are now available for all to absorb and treasure.
“Why did we take the Real Art Roadshow collection to print? We spent much time, effort and money on preparing resources for the schools. Designers, Mission Hall, in conjunction with the essayists, had done such a brilliant job with The Big Book of Essays – the end result looked stunning and is a compelling read, we thought the resource should have a life outside schools. We hope everyone will have a chance to share in the joy of our unique collection of art,” says Fiona Campbell, Real Art Trust.
Real Art Roadshow: The Book contains the story of how and why the Real Art Roadshow came about as a free resource for secondary school students who do not have easy access to real New Zealand art, with a lovely, personal foreword written by art commentator and collector, Hamish Keith.