In early July, Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design hosted the third annual Eden Arts Art Schools Award. The awards bring together undergraduate work from AUT, Elam School of Fine Arts, Unitec, and Whitecliffe.
This year’s judges John Daly-Peoples, Paula Savage and Janet McAllister chose Whitecliffe student Veronika Djoulai as the overall winner. Veronika received $5,000 from the Eden Arts Trust. Three students received Highly Commended Awards: Mark O’Donnell of Whitecliffe, Kyle Greenfell of Unitec, and Robert Joseph of AUT, each receiving $1,000. Delena Nathuran of Unitec was awarded “The Board’s Choice” Award, receiving $500.
Whitecliife Head of Fine Arts Noel Ivanoff said: “It was a privilege to host the event. The size of our St George’s Bay Road studios meant that each student had plenty of space to present ambitious work. We’re delighted our students Veronika and Mark were recognised, particularly given the high quality of work on show.”
Year 3 Fine Arts student Veronika says going into the competition she didn’t feel as confident as she would have liked “because the work I presented, concrete, was a medium well outside my comfort zone”. Her work Cast Forms a series of four concrete casts reminds Veronika of the “Kruschevka” – the soviet concrete apartment blocks she grew up in. Veronika says winning the award “has enabled my family to recognise and appreciate my work…not to mention my own elation at recognition from the Art community”. Congratulations to Veronika and Mark and all the students and staff involved in a great event.
Winners: Delena Nathuran, Marc O'Donnell, Veronika Djoulai, Robert Joseph and Kyle Grenfell