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Benjamin Alexander Showing at NZ Fashion Week 2019

Benjamin Alexander Showing at NZ Fashion Week 2019

Whitecliffe BFA Fashion Design and MFA in Fashion Sustainability graduate Benjamin Alexander will be showing his latest collection at New Zealand Fashion Week 2019. As the winner of New Zealand's inaugural Project Runway in 2018, this will be Benjamin’s first solo show at NZ Fashion Week. “The importance of integrating sustainable practices into my work came second nature to me. I realised that I can make clothes where ethics and aesthetics sit hand in hand, where neither... > Read more

Fashion Graduate Julie Pyun - From Whitecliffe to London

Fashion Graduate Julie Pyun - From Whitecliffe to London

“My journey at Whitecliffe truly prepared me for the fashion industry to say the least. The school helped me understand my design aesthetic and who I wanted to be as a young designer. The internships provided inside and outside Whitecliffe were invaluable opportunities that I took advantage... > Read more

Dane Mitchell Exhibits at Venice Biennale

Dane Mitchell Exhibits at Venice Biennale

Whitecliffe MFA supervisor Dane Mitchell’s exhibition Post Hoc has just opened in the New Zealand Pavillion at the 58th Venice Biennale. Dane was selected in the highly coveted role as New Zealand’s representative at the Venice Biennale in 2017 and he has since been developing the... > Read more

Gasworks Residency London Awarded to Christina Pataialii

Gasworks Residency London Awarded to Christina Pataialii

Christina Pataialii (MFA 2018) has been awarded the prestigious Gasworks Residency in London. The 11-week, fully-funded residency runs from 30 September – 16 December 2019 and provides “the opportunity for self-led professional development, artistic exchange and experimentation... > Read more

Asia New Zealand Foundation Residency awarded to Hikalu Clarke

Asia New Zealand Foundation Residency awarded to Hikalu Clarke

Hikalu Clarke who graduated with his MFA in 2017 and completed the prestigious Gasworks Residency in London in November 2018 – January 2019, has recently been awarded an Asia New Zealand Foundation Residency at Yokobo Arts Centre, Tokyo, Japan which will run from September – November... > Read more

Christina Pataialii wins the 2019 Rydal Art Prize

Christina Pataialii wins the 2019 Rydal Art Prize

The inaugural Rydal Art Prize, New Zealand’s newest art award with a specific focus on contribution to contemporary painting, has been awarded to Whitecliffe 2018 Master of Fine Arts graduate Christina Pataialii. The bi-annual prize, announced by Tauranga Art Gallery Toi... > Read more

Whitecliffe HOD Photo Media Awarded A 2019 SPE International Conference Grant

Whitecliffe HOD Photo Media Awarded A 2019 SPE International Conference Grant

Whitecliffe HOD Photo Media Becky Nunes recently submitted a paper titled “15 Minutes of Fame – Warhol, Facebook and the Work of Luke Willis Thompson” to the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) Conference for 2019. After a 10-member peer review, Becky’s conference... > Read more

Whitecliffe Graphic Design Lecturer Rebecca Steedman

Whitecliffe Graphic Design Lecturer Rebecca Steedman

Having been a part of the Whitecliffe faculty for 7 years, Rebecca Steedman lives and breathes Whitecliffe life. The Graphic Design Lecturer says what makes the college stand out from others is the students. “Everyone brings their own experience and views with them to class; design work is... > Read more

Whitecliffe Students Recipients of Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia

Whitecliffe Students Recipients of Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia

Whitecliffe students have again been awarded Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia for 2019. On Thursday February 28, twelve year 3 and 4 Whitecliffe students will depart on an immersive six-week experience where they will be researching sustainable fashion practices, learning a variety of... > Read more

Whitecliffe Fashion Design Students In India

Whitecliffe Fashion Design Students In India

On Thursday 28 February, twelve Whitecliffe Fashion Design students embarked on a 5-week journey through India to learn about sustainable practices and participate in artisan craft workshops. Currently in the third week of their trip, the students have already been involved in many cultural... > Read more

Whitecliffe And French 83 Collaborate For The 2019 Restyle Project

Whitecliffe And French 83 Collaborate For The 2019 Restyle Project

Whitecliffe are collaborating with FRENCH83 again this year for the annual suit restyling project. The project centres around Whitecliffe Fashion Design students upcycling old suits donated by the... > Read more

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... > 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... > 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... > 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... > 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... > 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... > 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... > 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... > 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... > Read more