Woodford house


Exhibition to Showcase Creative Talent

ih_art6_july2015Woodford House visual art students continue their proud tradition! It’s time again for them to enter work in a public show. Purchase of art from this exhibition could be a clever investment for the future.


  • The annual Year 12 Hawke’s Bay Art Exhibition runs from 17-29 August
  • Opening Night: Monday, 17 August at 5.30pm and you are very welcome to attend
  • Venue: Hastings Community Arts Centre, Russell Street, Hastings.
  • Gallery hours: Monday – Friday  9.30am – 4.00pm; Saturday 10am – 2.00pm
  • Every Woodford Year 12 student studying Visual Art will be entering work in at least one of nine categories
  • Woodford has won many categories over the past decade, including painting, photography and design
  • Year 12 students from Hawke’s Bay secondary schools are contributors.

Many works are offered for sale by students and it is a chance for the public to view and purchase the work of up-and-coming young artists. The aim of this popular exhibition is to give Hawke’s Bay Year 12 students important exhibition experience, especially for those who plan to go on to tertiary studies in this area.


Lydia Hill and Hope Phillips work on their canvases for the annual Hawke’s Bay Year 12 Art Exhibition.


Established in 2001, the exhibition is open to all Year 12 Visual Arts students in Hawke’s Bay. It showcases the astounding range of creativity of students working across a wide range of disciplines and media. Entries include painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, design, sculpture, Maori and Pasifika, which form the student prize categories. There is also an overall Best in Show winner. The exhibition is curated to include as many entries as possible, with over 200 entries being received in recent years. Students hang and arrange the presentation of their own work within the gallery space. Well known and highly respected identities from the local art community will determine the best art work in each category and the overall winner.

Souness Stone Law Partnership of Hastings is the main gallery sponsor this year, with prizes being generously donated by local business Humanities Fine Arts (specialists in art supplies) and national businesses including Apix Photographic Supplies, National Arts Supplies and Gordon Harris, all from Auckland.

Ms Diane Morris, TIC Design and Photography