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Muka Youth Prints 2015

Muka Youth Prints 2015

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  • Mon 17 Aug ’15, 3:30pm – 5:30pm


Tauranga Art Gallery, Cnr of Wharf and Willow Streets, Tauranga


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Muka Youth Prints is coming back to Tauranga! The project is based around the concept that the best way to make young people acquainted with contemporary art is to get real works of art into their hands.

Normally, the cost of an artwork is a stumbling block for young people. Art is considered to be something very serious, and often that means very expensive. But Muka offers a solution.

A number of well-known artists from all over the world have been invited to produce a set of small lithographs. The works are 100x200mm in size. They have been brought together in the Muka Youth Prints exhibition from which adults are barred.

Each lithograph in the 40-piece collection is priced at $67 to attract young buyers. Visitors are only allowed to enter the two-hour show once, and can buy a maximum of three lithographs.

The work reflects the normal style and concern of the artists. There is no patronising or talking down to children in any way.

The names of well-known artists are covered so the prints are chosen by their appeal. Muka wants young art collectors to look at the work itself, not considering the fame of the artist or potential for financial gain.

The Muka Youth Print project was initially intended as a one off, but it has become an iconic feature of New Zealand culture and life. Since the beginnings, about 50,000 original works have been bought by Kiwi kids and teens who have taken the opportunity to start a fine art collection.

The collection holds forty original lithographs only, and all works are sold at a uniform low price, set according to specific costs in every country. In New Zealand, the cost is $67 (unframed). Special Muka frames can be ordered for $70 each. 

Need to know: Adults are not allowed in the exhibition space!

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