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Variety Captured In Graduate Art

November 27, 2013

A dazzling diversity of art and design was unveiled at the ideaschool graduate exhibition opening held on campus at EIT Hawke’s Bay last week.

The climax of three years of study for 31 Bachelor of Visual and Design graduates, the event showcased what ideaschool head Dr Suzette Major described as “breathtakingly impressive” work across a spread of media.

Moving this year to a project-based degree had encouraged a cross-discipline dynamic throughout ideaschool, said Suzette, and that was reflected in the work of the final-year students.

“Students have shown they can work with traditional materials such as wood and metal while bringing into play the latest digital technology and equipment, such as the laser cutter and 3D printers recently acquired by ideaschool.

“We’re also seeing the influence of our newer lecturers including Roger Kelly who teaches woodwork and typography lecturer Jerry Gull.”

“Our tight-knit team of lecturers mentor and inspire students to be all they can as emerging artists and designers.  They are pushing them beyond what they thought they were capable of achieving.”

Programme coordinator Nigel Roberts said the students had set themselves a brief and then determined how best to respond to that.

“They have developed their ideas in fine arts and design and in working across disciplines, creating a stunning diversity of work.”

The 350 tickets available for the opening were snapped up within nine minutes of going online and guests travelled from throughout New Zealand to attend the late afternoon event.

Many of the artworks were offered for sale.

Lillie Chapman was named the Mackersey Development top overall student and the Gordon Harris top visual arts student.  Hayden Maunsell is the Guthrie Smith top design student and Chelsea Fisher the Humanity Books and Art Supplies top research student.

The exhibition continues at ideaschool at EIT in Taradale until Sunday, 1 December.  Hours are 11am to 4pm.

Photos:  Kevin Bridle