Lonnie Hutchinson of Ngai Tahu, Samoan and European descent, was born in Auckland and works in the fields of installation, drawing, performance and moving image. Spatial consideration and the formal qualities of materials are primary to her practice. Lonnie is increasingly driven by research into her Polynesian heritage. Lonnie’s guest lecture was not only engaging for Whitecliffe students but she also shared with the students her experiences working with a major commission for the Auckland Art Gallery. From the contract stage through to the on-site installation stage, this invaluable knowledge shared freely with the students had an enormous impact on those who attended.