Childrens Art Competition

Wellington and Xiamen celebrating 20 years as Sister Cities

Children's Art Competition in Wellington Region

 

Wellington and Xiamen in China celebrated 20 years as sister Cities in 2007. To mark the occasion the Wellington Xiamen Association with Wellington City Council and Capital E and with special support of the Wellington Artists Group and New Zealand Art Society organized a children's art competition and exhibition.

The Wellington school art competition and exhibition held through August 2007 was the main event organised by WXA to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the sister-city relationship that Wellington has with Xiamen city in China. Alongside the school children art competition and exhibition, a workshop for school children, and an exhibition of artwork produced by established artists in Wellington and Xiamen was included in the project.

 

Childrens Art Exhibition Opening at Capital E.

Childrens Art Workshop at Capital E. This exhibition was held at the Capital E over the period from 12 to 25 August 2007. It was officially opened during an exhibition opening and awards function held in the evening of 13 August 2007 jointly hosted by our Association and Wellington City Council.

Mayor Kerry Prendergast opened the exhibition with Deputy Mayor Alick Shaw presenting the prizes to the winners. This opening was attended by over 120 people including the winners and their parents, art teachers, the judges and representatives of the Asia-NZ Foundation, Chinese Embassy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Ministry for Culture & Heritage, Ministry of Education, Wellington Artists Group, NZ Oriental Arts Society, Capital E, members of the delegation of prominent artists from Xiamen and local community media. All our members were invited to attend this event.

Both the competition and exhibition were published by The Wellingtonian and local Chinese media. The exhibition is planned to be transferred to Xiamen subject to further confirmation from Xiamen.

See our slideshow: Childrens Art Workshop at Capital E.

 

Adults Art Exhibition Opening at St James

 

In parallel with the children's art exhibition, a delegation of a group of prominent Xiamen artists visited Wellington. Our Association worked closely with the Wellington City Council, Wellington Artists Group and the Oriental Arts Society to help make their visit a special memory for them. .

During their stay in Wellington, the delegation was arranged a series of activities including:

  • attending the opening and award ceremony
  • giving a successful art workshop organised by our Association at the Capital E for Wellington school children in collaboration with artists from the Wellington Artists Group
  • holding a joint exhibition of their own and prominent Wellington artists' artwork at the St James Theatre
  • visiting local artists and sharing with them their passion about art
  • visiting art school and education facilities.

The Wellington Xiamen delegation members together with the Wellington Artists Group held an exhibition of their art works at the St James Theatre upper foyer area between 14 and 21 August 2007. This exhibition was opened by Councillor Ray Ahipene-Mercer at an evening function held on the 14 August 2007. Over 200 people, including members of our Association, attended this function and enjoyed meeting the prominent artists from Xiamen.

Members of the delegation of prominent Xiamen artists showed obvious excitement over the three projects our Association and their delegation have been involved in. They have already started talking about the next step of co-operation with our Association and WCC.

 

Xiamen and Wellington Childrens Artworkshop

Our Association organised a significant workshop on Sunday, 12 August 2007 at the Capital E. Around fifty Wellington children participated and science news enjoyed this wonderful opportunity to indulge themselves in painting, sketching and sharing a special moment with prominent artists from both Wellington and Xiamen cities. Certainly allowing them to better understand the different cultures.

 

Mayor Kerry Prendergast

Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast says the sister-city link with Xiamen is one of New Zealand's longest-standing official ties with China - and the foresight of civic leaders from both countries in the 1980s should now be acknowledged.

Twenty years ago China, despite its size, was not really a country in the forefront of our collective conscience. But what a difference two decades makes. Our decision to forge ties has, from our point of view, given us a valuable foothold in China.

Our two cities are, in many ways, very similar - so we're a good pairing. The communications and visits have led to ongoing friendships and established contacts that are now proving useful as Wellington businesses and other organisations increasingly look to China - for obvious reasons

Please read what Mayor Kerry writes about the 20th celebration project (140Kb, PDF).