Topic: Rangiora High School Collection

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A selection of works from the RHS collection to mark the school's 125th anniversary.

It could be said the Rangiora High Art collection began with the purchase of a Rita Cook (Angus) work, painted in 1939. A small, beautifully rendered, Japanese inspired water colour, the painting hung in the principal's office in relative obscurity ignored by most and valued little by the wider staff. Of course the name Cook was bit of a red herring to those less familiar with the artist.

During the eighties the art teachers who had trained at the Art schools, particularly the Canterbury School of Fine Art and the Christchurch College of Education, were acutely aware of the need to expose students to exemplars of best practice. At this time there was no gallery to speak of in Rangiora, so establishing a collection belonging to the school, which was available as a teaching resource was seen as an important initiative. This required the teachers to have an intimate knowledge of the work they were purchasing for the collection.

Initially a number of prints were purchased including works by Stanley Palmer, Robin White and Michel Tuffery. Fortunately, Rangiora High has had a number of teachers who were practicing artists whose work has been added. The large oil on paper by Catherine Brough is a fine example. In addition pupils have gone on to practice in their own right and their work has enhanced the collection. The wonderfully expressive work by Marcel de Roo is testament to this.

In the Chamber Gallery, Rangiora, 3 May - 4 June 2009.

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