After a Covid induced hiatus the annual Humanity Painters exhibition is back from 14th September. This years ‘Collective Consciousness’ showcases the works of the 75 Humanity Painters students. 

As teacher Helen Kerridge says, “The works on display demonstrate the wide range of talent shown by the artists. Some of my students have been with me for over 15 years and others are just beginning their journeys.”

Helen is both a mentor and teacher enabling her students to work on a career-based pathway as well as demonstrating different techniques and genres each term. This challenges students to try something different in a positive manner, and leads to an outpouring of creativity, which is evident in the works being displayed.

“Some of my students have gone on to become well known in the art world and it gives me great satisfaction to think that I have played some small part in their success” said Helen. “Part of the reason that Humanity Painters has put on these exhibitions is to introduce new talent to the wider community. My students really enjoy the challenge of preparing work for these exhibitions”.

One example of a student who has gone from strength to strength is Chrissie Pearse. After winning the Napier City Council’s prize to emigrate from the UK in 2003 Christine joined Humanity Painters in 2016. Starting as a novice she is now exhibiting in competitions throughout New Zealand. “With the support of Helen and my classmates I have had the confidence to enter into competitions” said Chrissie. 

The Collective Consciousness exhibition will be opened by guest speaker and renowned artist Ricks Terstappen and will be held in the Hastings Community Arts Centre, 106 Russell Street South, Hastings from 14th September to 2nd October.

Contact Helen Kerridge, Humanity Painters. (021) 2088517 or helenkerridge@xtra.co.nz

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