New Exhibition at Toi Poneke Gallery

29 March 2010

See how art can transform the grimmest lives at a new exhibition which opens this Thursday, 1 April at Toi Poneke Gallery (61 Abel Smith Street).

Two Wellington volunteers, Pat Shepherd and Josh Bahlman, travelled to Mae Sot in Thailand where thousands of refugee children from Burma live and work.

Pat says the idea was to bring creativity to their daily lives. "Some children essentially live next to and work at a rubbish dump in the area," says Pat. "It's a pretty grim existence for them - education is a privilege, and art an unknown experience. We hope the time we spent there gave them something else to think about."

Called The Good Karma Project, the exhibition includes photography, some of the children's artworks, and responses to those artworks by a range of New Zealand artists.

Pat is a freelance designer and photographer, and Josh has been involved in youth development. All proceeds of the sale of prints go to the Children on the Edge charity. For more information on the Good Karma project, visit The Good Karma website.

Two free workshops for children (aged 5 - 12) will take place from 10.00am to 12 noon on both 3 and 10 April at Toi Pōneke. Email to book your place.