Polytechnic students are joining local and international artists in a fortnight-long public art symposium.

The local community will be able to watch the limestone carvers in action from May 9 to 15, as more than a dozen artists gather in central Westport to display their skills.

The Polytechnic is a presenting partner of the Kawatiri Sculpture Symposium, which is being run by the Buller Arts and Recreation Trust with the aim of revitalising public spaces across the Buller district.

Artists are being asked to explore the theme of “rejuvenation” during the symposium, exploring the history of the Buller region alongside its natural fauna and wildlife. The completed works will be placed in public viewing spaces across the district.

The symposium’s origin was a gift from former student Carl Platt to the Buller district: a carved limestone seat. The Polytechnic is pleased to support the symposium and have students involved in the creative event. An unveiling event and public auction of a small number of works will be held on the evening of Friday 20 May.

The community is invited to view the symposium in progress and attend the unveiling night.

Dates: Monday 9 to Friday 20 May, 2016.

Location: 8a Rintoul Street, Westport (opposite Caltex Diesel Stop / TNL Freight yard).

Public Open times: 3pm-5pm weekdays / 10am-3pm Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May.

Sculpture Unveiling Night: 6pm – 8:30pm, Friday 20 May, 2016.

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