Caravan of art makes an exhibition of itself

Artists and University of Otago College of Education art educators Pamela Brown (left) and Kerry Mackay in their caravan, which is already filled with  works of art. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Artists and University of Otago College of Education art educators Pamela Brown (left) and Kerry Mackay in their caravan, which is already filled with works of art. Photo by Peter McIntosh.

Gone, in a way, but not forgotten.

When students flocked to a welcoming event at the start of the University of Otago's latest summer school yesterday, one previously offered paper, involving making art, was no longer available.

Pamela Brown, an artist and part-time art educator at the university college of education, was this year not able to offer a paper which she had taught over the previous two years.

Although Ms Brown could not offer the paper on ''exploring the visual arts'' through drawing and painting at the school this year, she and fellow artist and university art educator Kerry Mackay were on campus yesterday with a vintage caravan which they have transformed into a distinctive work of art.

The caravan, to which they have added several small moose and many other pieces of art, is on display at the Link, near the central library.

The initiative has been backed by a performing arts grant from the Otago humanities division.

Over the coming fortnight, summer school students are invited to create their own pieces of art and add them to the caravan.

At this year's summer school, 14 new papers are being offered, but the overall number of papers is down by a quarter - from 75 to 56.

It is understood this drop is partly linked to changes in the university's internal allocation of funding generated by academic departments offering papers at the school.

Summer school director Elaine Webster said school organisers had been keen to provide a warm welcome to students and it was ''fantastic'' the art project would also give them the chance to express their creativity.

During yesterday's noon welcome at the Link, about 150 students were entertained by a Dunedin-based Japanese traditional drumming group, O-Taiko, and by a university-linked music group, Uni Ukes.

The latter group included Dr Webster, who performed on an electric ukulele.

• By taking papers at the summer school, students can gain credit for courses with six weeks of study instead of about 13 weeks usually required to complete equivalent papers during the main university study year.john.gibb@odt.co.nz

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