Kiwi teens get their arts into gear as contest deadline looms

27 January 2012

Entries are streaming in from across New Zealand for a first-of-its-kind art show and competition highlighting the creative skills of Kiwi teenagers.

New Zealand Post’s ‘Creative Break’ competition invites secondary students to submit their best original paintings, sculptures, poems, songs or other artistic endeavours.

Winning entries – selected by a panel of judges - will feature in an art show at the 2012 New Zealand International Arts Festival. New Zealand Post, a long-time Festival sponsor, will fly some of the winning teens (with a parent or guardian) to Wellington for the art show opening.

Anyone expecting a traditional art show may be in for a surprise, says New Zealand Post’s head of sponsorship Nicola Airey.

“We deliberately left the rules wide open – so the entries can range from the sublime to the ridiculous. The great thing about creativity is that one person’s sublime is another person’s ridiculous.

“The judges will get one clear instruction – throw away the rulebooks. Creative Break is about genuine creativity and self-expression, not traditional art school rules.

“We want this gallery show to capture some of the inventiveness and adventure of youth, as opposed to being entirely dominated by the kind of students who get top marks in NCEA art.

“We’ve already received hundreds of incredibly varied submissions, and hope to receive many more before entries close at 5pm on Friday 17 February 2012,” Nicola Airey says.

A selection of entries can be seen on the competition’s Facebook page – simply go to Facebook and search for: Creative Break.

Check out some of the entries at in a new window. .