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Every year the young people of the Waitaki have the chance to be great artists as part of the annual Burns Memorial Art Exhibition held at the Forrester Gallery.

This year is no different. Except that the Forrester Gallery has set up a virtual exhibition online. Visit the exhibition at

Forrester Gallery Education and Engagement Coordinator Elizabeth King says, "The Burns Memorial Art Exhibition is always a wonderful showcase of children’s art that reflects our community and environment. We looked at different possibilities for this year while the Gallery is closed and in the end came up with idea of going digital. I wasn’t sure if it would be as popular online but we already have 12 schools on our website and over 200 artworks on display."

The Burns Memorial Art Exhibition began in 1970 and is named in honour of George Burns, an Oamaru-born journalist with a passion for children’s’ art and the belief that: ‘Art is not a luxury, in this day and age, art in all its forms is a pathway back to sanity. I repeat: art is not a luxury, but a necessity for complete living’.

This exhibition usually runs for 4 weeks either side of the October school holidays. Forrester Gallery Director Jane Macknight says: This year we can run the exhibition for longer and we have decided to continue it through until the end of December.

The staff of the Forrester Gallery want to thank all the students and their teachers for their hard work in putting together digital images of the artworks and for their support of the "Virtual Burns".

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