Spent an interesting afternoon assisting as a judge for an art competition staged in our town hall as part of National Library Week celebrations today... Small teams of children from Nadi’s various primary schools took part in creating works of art made from found objects and recycled materials. Each entry had to portray, in some way, the theme of this year’s Library Week, which is “Reading Unlocks the Future”. The children were given two hours to complete their project from start to finish. They had to bring all their own materials with them, so the exercise required quite a bit of planning ahead on their part!
Fellow judges Aseri Yabakivou and Akosita Lovodua and I were kept busy moving from table to table, observing the thirteen teams in action. We were very impressed with the level of creativity we saw all around the room! Most children around here have little access to standard art materials, and the teaching of the arts is not given much attention in our local schools. Yet here they were, making the most of what they had, and coming up with some quirky, original concepts!
Well done to all these budding young artists - you made our day!!