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 the conversation for public discussion and ultimately encouraging action. The class formed groups with each choosing a specific area where they wanted to see change. Social topics included mental health awareness, consumerism and global warming, cyber bullying and the protection of New Zealand waterways, to name a few.
The teams assembled posters around the city and published all works online under the hashtag #whitecliffepublic18 to help achieve their aim of growing awareness and forming action. Commenting on the project, Matt Dowman says the emphasis of the Public Project Elective was to empower the students to have their say in relation to social concerns, to ask questions and facilitate discussion in our community and hopefully this discussion instigates action to create meaningful change.
To see more of the students’ work, follow the hashtag #whitecliffepublic18 and open the discussion for social change.