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Whanganui students making art for Lights On Bikes

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Whanganui City College student Cyprezz Manukau-Atkins creating his artwork with classmates

The creation of artwork for display along the Lights On Bikes parade route on Friday, 27 September is underway, with workshops being run at several local schools.

On Tuesday, 10 September Sarjeant Gallery Educator Sietske Jansma spent time at Whanganui City College with Year 9 Pitoitoi and by the end of the lesson the room was full of golden cardboard fish decorated with hand-drawn patterns.

Ms Jansma says the golden fish will be suspended on sticks beside the awa near the Dublin Street Bridge skate park for the Lights On Bikes parade.

Whanganui City College Teacher Phil Hopkinson says Year 9 Pitoitoi is an inquiry-based learning class which has had extensive involvement with the Sarjeant Gallery education programme this year. He says this has included students biking along the shared pathways to study public art around town.

At the end of the lesson Ms Jansma addressed the class and said, "We’ve had a year of going around and looking at public art. Now we can end the year with you being public art".

Ms Jansma urged the students to come along and join in with the Lights On Bikes parade, which is open to everyone in the community.

Anyone interested can light up themselves and their wheels and gather at the Whanganui River Markets area on Taupō Quay from 5.00pm on Friday, 27 September, where there will be food trucks and large floats.

At 6.30pm the parade will travel along the riverside to Cornmarket Reserve near the Dublin Street roundabout. Families can then choose to turn around or travel on over the bridge to Kowhai Park.

The Whanganui City College golden fish will join numerous other artwork on display, and performers will be positioned along the route.

Ms Jansma says spaces are still available for Lights On Bikes community art workshops. "If you’d like to create a cool illuminated costume or help make beautiful art for the parade, phone Sarjeant on the Quay on (06) 349 0506."

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