November 22, 2018
Issue 12 2018

Prime Minister’s Christmas Card Exhibition hits the Wellington campus

Massey University’s College of Creative Arts will be showcasing kiwi kids Christmas card designs ahead of the holidays.

The Wellington campus is hosting an exhibition of Christmas cards designed by children throughout New Zealand at the invitation of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

In October, Ardern put out a call on Facebook asking kiwi kids to send their design for her official Prime Ministerial Christmas card. More than 600 children entered.

Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Creative Arts, Professor Tony Parker, says the college has only just finished its graduate show, Exposure, a display of the final-year projects from undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in design, fine art, creative media production and commercial music.

“We decided this exhibition was a great opportunity to highlight the creativity of kiwi kids long before they are of an age to come to art or design school.

“The exhibition provides a chance to see what kiwi kids think Christmas and being a New Zealander is all about."

Parker says works will be displayed by theme, including traditional Christmas scenes, New Zealand Christmas scenes, lots of New Zealand flora and fauna, kiwi summer holidays, icons such as buzzy bees and red top gumboots, families and love and the Prime Minister and her family at the Beehive.

The Prime Minister’s Kiwi Kids Christmas Card Exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm until December 20 in Block 12.