The team behind Wanaka’s ArtCell have awarded their first Wanaka ArtCell Student Scholarship, funded from proceeds from their pop-up gallery. Former Mount Aspiring College (MAC) student Max Hall has been awarded the $2000 scholarship, which was established to help students leap over any artistic hurdles in their way.
Nine established Wanaka artists founded ArtCell, a former pop-up collaborative gallery and open studio space in town. The group used the former Wanaka Police Station during December 2017 through February 2018 to help nurture the community’s collective creativity and foster relationships between established and emerging artists. A portion of all proceeds were donated directly to Wanaka ArtCell Student Scholarship to support an aspiring and artistic MAC student.
“I’ve often dreamt of creating a space where creatives come to connect with other artists, but also for the local school kids to see professional artists at work and be able to come in to chat with us and hopefully inspire them to follow their dreams,” said ArtCell founder and vintage clothing artist Sonia Richter.
“This was important to all of us, so we all agreed to donate a portion of our sales to set up a scholarship for the local high school and help the students in other ways. During our last week, we held a sell out exhibition for Year 13 MAC student Noah Regan-Roach and also gave him some funds towards art materials for when he went to film school in Australia.”
Richter said several talented Year 13 students applied for the scholarship; however, 18-year-old Hall was selected partially due to a demonstrated interest in ArtCell.
“He’d been down to the Artists Talks, and, as we got to know him, we saw his dedication to learning, his passion for creativity and following his dream. He’s an inspiring young man and we wish him all the best for his huge journey ahead,” she said.
Hall said he would often visit ArtCell to paint, soak up the artistic environment and gain learning from the local artist community; he will soon attend the University of the Arts London.
“I will use the scholarship towards the purchase of materials for my university course,” said Hall. “Fees for an international student are heavy and I will likely be walking out with a hefty loan, but the cost of materials are not included in these fees. As the college is renowned as the most prestigious place to study fashion in the world and the fees are incredibly high.”
Hall is currently creating a pop-up art gallery called ‘Mocking Birds’ that will run this Sunday through February 20 from 10am until 3pm at 123 Ardmore Street. Hall said Mocking Birds is a contemporary, pop-up art exhibition that uses motif of birds to present a mockery of society's willingness to ‘flock’ together rather than to act or think uniquely.
“This exhibition would not be possible without the incredible support of Lane Hocking and Universal Developments, and I am extremely grateful for everything they have done. The exhibition will be held in their new office…. thank you so much once again to Lane and UD,” said Hall.
ArtCell’s remaining pop up galleries in 2019 will soon be announced. More details can be found on its Facebook page.