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NEW ZEALAND: – Aucklanders have the chance to get their hands on some free art – lucky dip style.

Eighty-five contemporary artworks will be wrapped in brown paper and handed to the first people to attend the Art for the People exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery between 2pm and 5pm today and next Thursday.

Auckland University of Technology postgraduate visual arts students Evan Woodruffe, 47, and Catherine Ellis, 22, are behind the project which includes photography, sculptures, painting and prints by past and present AUT students including Mr Woodruffe, Ian Jervis and Monique Jansen.

Pieces will include a “beautiful” slice of concrete and a camera carved from wood, and were all of very high quality, Mr Woodruff said.

Art for the People will run in one of Auckland Art Gallery’s labs as part of the 5th Auckland Triennial, New Zealand’s international visual contemporary art exhibition.

It runs until August 11, and Art for the People is part of a three-week time slot designated to AUT students.

Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk