These school holidays, tamariki in South Auckland are not just playing with toys; they're transforming waste into works of art, vying for cash prizes and art supply vouchers for their schools.
Hosted by the Beautification Trust, the Eye on Nature Creative Arts competition encourages kindergarten and primary school students to craft original artworks using sustainable materials and re-purposed waste. The young artists are being challenged to explore the theme of 'Waste,' delving into its creation and environmental impact.
"Sustainability isn't just a buzzword; it's a way of life we want to instil in our tamariki. This competition makes learning about the environment both fun and creative," states Sterling Ruwhiu, Community Programmes Manager at the Beautification Trust.
The public will have the opportunity to view these eco-conscious masterpieces at a free exhibition held at the Auckland Botanic Gardens during the Term 3 school holidays. Visitors can also cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award. The winning schools and kindergartens will receive cash prizes and art supply vouchers, contributing to a total prize pool of $2,550.
The annual event is a key component of the Beautification Trust's award-winning Eye on Nature children's environmental education programme and is generously sponsored by Auckland Council and the six southern local boards.
Schools and kindergartens interested in participating can find more information and submit their entries on the Beautification Trust's website. The deadline for entries is Thursday, 14 September 2023.