Aki is the title of a joint exhibition by art students graduating from NorthTec’s Bachelor of Applied Arts (Digital and Visual) and Toi Te Wai-Ngārahu-Maunga Kura Toi (Bachelor of Maori Arts) programmes. It is the first graduate show held jointly by students of both degrees.
Aki means to encourage, to challenge, to launch. Aki is all forms of care and all forms of looking after things; and as NorthTec says goodbye to the graduating art students, the public is invited to come together and celebrate the individuals that are adding to a diverse collective of contemporary art.
Toi Te Pito is the arts precinct that is home to NorthTec ’s two contemporary arts degrees, and the Geoff Wilson Gallery, where the Aki exhibition will run from 14 November to 30 November.
The Bachelor of Applied Arts students have studied a wide variety of techniques in drawing, intermedia, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, graphic design and digital arts. The Bachelor of Māori Art – Maunga Kura Toi students had a unique opportunity to learn Whakairo (carving), Raranga (weaving) or Rauangi (Visual Arts), all the while gaining a deeper understanding of Nga Toi (Maori Arts).
These 17 students are showcasing their works in the Geoff Wilson Gallery, including painting, photo/print, installation, raranga, game design, sculpture and whakairo. Applied Arts student and sculptor Emma Snell says: “These past three years have been challenging but helpful and as someone who intended to be an illustrator, now a sculptor, I am eagerly awaiting graduation so I can share my passions with the public.”
Members of the public are invited to be part of the students’ artistic future and enjoy art from traditional, contemporary and digital mediums. The exhibition will be opening on 14 November at 4:30—6:30pm. It is open Monday to Friday, 11:00– 5:00 pm, until November 30th. Food and drink will be available at the opening.
Huraina te kete aki, Kuratea te aho taumata rau.The Geoff Wilson Gallery is at H Block (Gate 3), Raumanga Valley Road, Raumanga, and can be contacted on 09-470 3805.
Reveal what lies in your protective basket, to rekindle the thread from our ancestors.
The exhibiting students are:
Toi Te Wai-Ngārahu – Maunga Kura Toi (Bachelor of Maori
Uekaha Anthony Dunn; Graham Nathan; Marjory Paewhenua; Tui Te Paa
Bachelor of Applied Arts (Visual & Digital)
Reghan Anderson; Heath Bell; Sophie Bickers; Joshua Michael Bradshaw; Florence Brouwer; Guillaume Kimiora Chevolleau; Walter Ching; Sandra Guest; Nimmy Santhosh; Carmen Snelgar; Emma Snell; Tod Tao; Renée Kathleen Weatherall