Kia ora ano!
Well that was longer between drinks than we were expecting. The dreaded lurgy and a busy run of events, including last week’s awesome Bachelor of Nursing Māori graduation ceremony, meant the blog was momentarily on the backburner. Anyways, we’re back and as keen as ever to fill you in on the latest happenings around the Whitireia universe.
One thing that has continued to impress us lately is how amazingly successful our jewellery design graduates are. We’ve always known the programme is a wee gem (excuse the puns), but our graduates have been absolutely taking the world by storm recently.
We’ve had Keri-Mei Zagrobelna attending the World Art Games as a member of the New Zealand team, followed by her selection (along with fellow graduate Neke Moa) to represent NZ at the Festival of Pacific Arts in Guam next year. Sandra Schmid won an award in this year’s Graduate Metal competition, which surveys work from recent graduates of tertiary institutions from Australia and New Zealand, to add to her back-to-back wins at the ECC NZ Student Craft/Design Awards. Jhana Millers has been exhibiting at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York, while Vivien Atkinson, Amelia Pascoe, Becky Bliss, Sarah Read, Nadine Smith, Caroline Thomas, Fran Carter, Amy King, Moniek Schrijer, Chloe Rose Taylor and Camille Walton have all been making their mark at Radiant Pavilion, Melbourne’s Contemporary Jewellery and Object Trail. This is just a sample of the amazing success our graduates are having. The list is much more extensive, but you get the idea!
This success is undeniably attributable in large part to head tutor Peter Deckers and his über-talented teaching team. Peter leads by example, continuing to create and curate collections for national and international exhibitions. He also regularly brings in some of the best jewellery designers from around the world as guest lecturers.
If you’re the creative type and have a passion for jewellery, and/or any other form of adornment art, the Visual Arts and Design department at Whitireia might just be the place for you. We offer one of only two jewellery design programmes in New Zealand, and the success of our teaching staff and graduates speaks volumes about the quality of our programme.