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
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
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
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
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
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