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MFA Graduate Wins Arts Whakatāne Highly Commended Award

MFA Graduate Wins Arts Whakatāne Highly Commended Award

MFA graduate Lea-Anne Sheather is the recipient of this year’s Arts Whakatāne Highly Commended Award as part of the 2019 Molly Morpeth Canaday Awards. Pictured is her works, seeking connections courtesy of Molly Morpeth Canaday. Guest Judge, Dr Christopher McAuliffe comments on Lea-Anne’s works, “Animals loom large, and look at the viewer. Humans are distant, hooded and withdrawn. Side-by-side on the painting’s surface, humans and animals are yet disconnected.... > Read more

Whitecliffe Welcomes New CEO And Officially Begins A New Academic Year

Whitecliffe Welcomes New CEO And Officially Begins A New Academic Year

A Mihi Whakatau was held at Whitecliffe this morning to welcome our new CEO, Darryn Melrose to the staff and to recognise the formal start of the 2019 academic year. MFA candidate Joshua Thompson opened the hui by delivering a karakia and mihi to Darryn. Darryn responded with a kōrero to all... > Read more

Whitecliffe BFA Fashion Design Graduate Featured on Vogue Runway

Whitecliffe BFA Fashion Design Graduate Featured on Vogue Runway

BFA Fashion Design graduate Maggie Hewitt of Maggie Marilyn has had her recent Pre-Fall 2019 Collection featured on Vogue Runway. Nicole Phelps writes about Maggie’s continued dedication to sustainable fashion particularly in her new collection, “The wool she’s using for... > Read more

Molly Morpeth Canaday Award Finalists Announced

Molly Morpeth Canaday Award Finalists Announced

The 2019 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award recognises excellence across contemporary and traditional painting genres. This prestigious award collectively offers winners over $20,000. This year, judges Ane Tonga (curator and writer), Andrew McLeod (artist), and Kristin Carlin (artist and 2017 Molly... > Read more

MFA Graduate Featured on Contemporary HUM

MFA Graduate Featured on Contemporary HUM

Whitecliffe MFA graduate, Hikalu Clarke has been featured in a recently published article on Contemporary HUM which looks into his experience at the Gasworks residency in London. "It's being able to slow down and not having to make work towards a deadline, which I'm always thinking... > Read more

Guest Speaker: Aaron Lister

Guest Speaker: Aaron Lister

Aaron Lister, curator at the City Gallery in Wellington, is our Guest and External Examiner for the Whitecliffe MFA programme’s January seminar themed Art as Research. Aaron has worked on artist projects such as Yona Lee: In Transit and Patrick Pound: On Reflection (both 2018); solo... > Read more

MFA Graduate Exhibition 2019 'Final' Opens 23 January

MFA Graduate Exhibition 2019 'Final' Opens 23 January

All are welcome to attend the 2019 Whiteclife MFA Graduate Exhibitions "Final" opening Wednesday 23 January 5.30-7.30pm: St Georges Bay Road Studios/Pearce Gallery 130 St Georges Bay Road Parnell, Auckland Lily Martine Baxter Julie... > Read more

Benjamin Alexander Winner of First Project Runway New Zealand

Benjamin Alexander Winner of First Project Runway New Zealand

We are thrilled that recent Whitecliffe BFA Fashion Design & MFA Fashion Sustainability graduate Benjamin Alexander was announced as  winner of the first season of Project Runway New Zealand. Fashion Design HOD Belinda Watt says "During his time at Whitecliffe, I have... > Read more

Whitecliffe Educated - The Student Experience: Melody-Jazz

Whitecliffe Educated - The Student Experience: Melody-Jazz

Taking photos at family functions was the spark for Year 3 Photo Media student Melody-Jazz Aliivaine Makavani’s love of photography. From a young age, she sought inspiration from those around her, which later grew to a love of alternative subcultures. Having always loved Photography,... > Read more

Whitecliffe International Student Experience: Yuxin Zou, Jinyang Liu and Weiyang Zhang

Whitecliffe International Student Experience: Yuxin Zou, Jinyang Liu and Weiyang Zhang

Three Whitecliffe BFA Photo Media Year 3 students have landed internships in the film crew and production department with Chinese TV33 where they are responsible for filming and editing daily news and weather reports. Yuxin Zou’s favourite aspect is the editing side, while Weiyang Zhang has... > Read more

Congratulations to the Whitecliffe Graduates of 2018!

Congratulations to the Whitecliffe Graduates of 2018!

We are proud to announce that 59 undergraduate and 44 postgraduate students were awarded Bachelor of Fine Art degrees, Postgraduate diplomas and Masters degrees in a graduation ceremony held at the... > Read more

Richard Maloy, Lecturer Fine Arts, Whitecliffe, on show at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth

Richard Maloy, Lecturer Fine Arts, Whitecliffe, on show at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth

Richard Maloy’s video work Things I Have Seen created in 2017 at Youkobo Art Space Tokyo on an Asia New Zealand Foundation residency is currently on show at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery,... > Read more

Darryn Melrose announced as new Whitecliffe CEO

Darryn Melrose announced as new Whitecliffe CEO

MEDIA RELEASE Date: 12 November 2018 Darryn Melrose, former Chief Executive of Media Design School, is the new CEO of the country’s leading private art and design school, Whitecliffe... > Read more

Life After Whitecliffe: Steve Butcher Leaves His Mark On The World

Life After Whitecliffe: Steve Butcher Leaves His Mark On The World

Since graduating from Whitecliffe in 2010, Steve Butcher has been making a name for himself on the international stage for tattoo artistry. Being in such high-demand globally, Steve only spends 1-2... > Read more

Arts Therapy Students Handcraft A Weighted Blanket

Arts Therapy Students Handcraft A Weighted Blanket

Demand for the limited number of places on the Whitecliffe Arts Therapy programmes, which focus on visual arts drama, and dance/movement as expressive modalities for therapy, continues to grow each... > Read more

Socially Engaging Art

Socially Engaging Art

Recently, Fine Arts lecturer Matt Dowman ran a BFA Years 2 and 3 elective class on socially engaging art. This year saw a wide range of social issues being brought to light with the aim of opening... > Read more

Whitecliffe Year Four Fashion Branding Competition

Whitecliffe Year Four Fashion Branding Competition

Congratulations to BFA Fashion Design student, Celine Ceraudo on winning the Whitecliffe Year Four Fashion Branding Competition. Sponsored by Identity Solutions, Celine won a branding package worth... > Read more

Community Engagement Project - Saucy Soup Kitchen

Community Engagement Project - Saucy Soup Kitchen

As part of the Year One BFA programme, students take part in a community engagement class each year. This year the focus was on exploring the impact of food on society, particularly food waste and... > Read more

Whitecliffe Fine Arts Faculty Announced as Winners of the 2018 Wallace Arts Awards

Whitecliffe Fine Arts Faculty Announced as Winners of the 2018 Wallace Arts Awards

The Wallace Arts Awards, which are awarded annually and are considered the premier New Zealand award for artists, were announced on Monday evening (3 September) at the Pah Homestead in Auckland.... > Read more

Fashion Design Graduates Maggie Hewitt and Sophie Scally Featured in Apparel Magazine

Fashion Design Graduates Maggie Hewitt and Sophie Scally Featured in Apparel Magazine

Fashion Design Graduate Maggie Hewitt has been featured in the August issue of Apparel Magazine. She talks of her inspiration, how her fashion journey started and her contribution to the New... > Read more