Peter Walsh


Despite attending a school that didn’t prioritise the arts, Peter was fortunate to have the support of a good art teacher. “I was always inclined to creativity and wanted to learn a different way of thinking. A Bachelor of Fine Arts is all about developing research-based, conceptual thinking which is what I wanted for my tertiary education. I have learned at Whitecliffe to excavate every thought and to question every idea so that new, more highly-developed concepts have the space to emerge and I have the ability to articulate those ideas.”

Initially, Peter had a broad range of interests including fashion design, photography and music and after settling on enrolling in the Fine Arts department he now incorporates music and sound in his installations. The Faculty have supported this non-traditional direction and have really encouraged me to think past the standard ways of being an artist. They encourage us to explore and evaluate so using sound is viewed as a valid way to express myself as an artist.”

While still a student, Peter is establishing his credentials in the arts industry. He has a gallery exhibition in Auckland before he graduates and one in Dunedin just after he graduates. He credits the contextual studies part of the programme with giving him the skills to make these industry connections. “Whitecliffe Faculty encourage us to attend exhibitions and network with curators, artists and gallerists. The business studies classes are a real asset. Putting proposals together is a skill we have been taught and now I’m getting shows with established galleries.”

“I see Whitecliffe as the place where I started the search in finding my own voice and establishing my own world view. “

Peter Walsh