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EIT | Te Pūkenga students to showcase work produced at MTG

November 7, 2023

EIT | Te Pūkenga Design Lecturer Roger Kelly (left), Level 6 Design ākonga (student) Maddie Klose and Level 7 design ākonga Micah Westrupp working to develop the visual identity for the ‘We Design’ exhibition.

Work produced by EIT | Te Pūkenga IDEAschool ākonga (students) will be on show at MTG, with a special industry showcase night to celebrate.

‘We Design’ is a multidisciplinary exhibition by Bachelor of Creative Practice (Design) ākonga, bringing together the best of 2D and 3D Design with projects in Graphic Design, Urban Design, Object Design, Product Design, Spatial Design, and Illustration.

EIT | Te Pūkenga Design Lecturer James Smith says it is the first of its kind for IDEAschool and the Bachelor of Creative Practice (Design).  

For the first semester, ākonga were based at MTG Hawke’s Bay Tai Ahuriri due to the impact of Cyclone Gabrielle on the Hawke’s Bay Campus in Taradale.

While they will have their annual end of year exhibition at the campus on November 24, James says they wanted to acknowledge the relationship that has developed between IDEAschool and MTG. It will be held tomorrow (Wednesday, November 8).

“We organised with them to have this end of year exhibition to showcase the students work that they made with a lot of challenges due to the cyclone and displacement. And they’ve been supported by the MTG, so it’s celebrating that relationship which we look to foster going forward as well.”

The level 6 ākonga, who are seeking internships for their final year of study, are showcasing their ‘Mobile Activity Units’ produced as part of their ‘community project’ in collaboration with the MTG.

On the other hand, work produced by the level 7 ākonga, on the cusp of finishing their degree, is more individualised.

Design Lecturer Beck Wheeler says the work produced is of a really high standard.

EIT | Te Pūkenga Level 6 Design ākonga (student) Maddie Klose taking photos of one of her team’s ‘Wonder Hubs – Mobile Activity Unit’ scale models for presentation at the ‘We Design’ exhibition on Wednesday.

MTG Hawke’s Bay Tai Ahuriri Director Laura Vodanovich says: “We were really happy to have the students with us”.

“It made it a really easy way to collaborate with them by working within the museum context and coming up with ideas for their community project.

“Being able to interact in the space all the time was, I think, really helpful for them and for us and it is exiting to have their exhibition on display so they can show some of the work they’ve done while they’ve been here.”

‘We Design’ will be held at MTG Hawke’s Bay Tai Ahuriri on Wednesday (November 8) at 4.30pm. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/351027480923290. An end of year showcase will be held at the EIT | Te Pūkenga Hawke’s Bay Campus in Taradale on November 24 at 5.30pm.