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Polyphony enabling youth to have a voice through art

Click here to check out the gallery of the artwork submitted this year.

For the third year in a row, right in the heart of youth week, Papanui-based youth organization Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi hosted the Polyphony Exhibition at the Papanui Library on Thursday 26th May.

This year, Polyphony gave the opportunity to the youth in the community to submit a piece of art to share their views on ‘generosity, giving and ohaoha’, which aligned with this year’s youth week theme. Young people from Casebrook Intermediate, Burnside High School, University of Canterbury and Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi submitted artwork towards the project, varying from photography pieces, abstract art and poetry.

On the night of the exhibition, the artwork was put on display for the public to view for the first time and the reception was overwhelming. A young person emceed the event, a few of the young artists spoke to their art pieces including one of them sharing his poetry in rap form.

This years Polyphony artwork can be seen on the windows of the Papanui Library facing the Warehouse Stationery car park alongside last years artwork which can be seen on the front windows.

In the later half of the year, students attending schools on the east side of Christchurch will get the opportunity to have their voices heard on the changes with the merging of schools in a project called ‘Polyphony East’.

We just want to thank CopyCat for printing the art, Wendy and the Papanui Library Team and Christine with the City Council Shirley-Papanui Community Board for your ongoing support for the project. Thank you for enabling our youth to have their voices heard.

For more information on the Polyphony Project, visit here and ‘Like’ the Polyphony Facebook page.

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