by Meghan Geliza in New Art on Thursday 30 August 2012

I’ve just finished my latest painting, for Spinning Top’s Little Lotus Exhibition 2012, happening at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery in Wellington on October 12. Largely inspired by our recent trip in the border of Thailand and Burma, where 13 artists from the US and NZ, got together to be volunteer art teachers last December 2011. We painted murals and taught art classes to these beautiful kids, who work at the nearby rubbish dump, or had been orphaned by AIDS or rescued from trafficking.

Around 30 artists have contributed to the exhibit, including Tanja Jade (Misery), Peap, Flox, Askew and Sofia Minson. Artists who took part in the 2011 project and will be part of the exhibit include Sheryo, The Yok, Drypnz, Angry Woebots, Meghan Geliza, J-Rryu and Ritzy Periwinkle. The Little Lotus Project documentary and EP will also be released on the night, as well as photography from Pat Shepherd, Cleo Barnett and James Bushell, and drawings by the Burmese kids themselves. All proceeds will go to the ongoing welfare of these kids. For the full line-up of artists and details on the project, please visit this website.