We are proud to announce that Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design Year 4 students Clare Gemima (Fine Arts), Bobbie Gray (Fine Arts) and Peng Chen (Photo Media) were all awarded Highly Commended at the 2017 Eden Arts Art Schools Award ceremony held on 29 June, with each student winning a prize of $1,000, generously supplied by the Eden Arts Trust. The awards were blind judged by photographer Edith Amituanai, artist Denys Watkins and Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery director Andrew Clifford.
The annual Eden Arts Art Schools Award brings together Central Auckland's four major art institutions: Whitecliffe, AUT, Elam School of Fine Arts and Unitec. Six undergraduate students were selected as finalists from each school. Finalists from Whitecliffe included Peng Chen (Photo Media), Clare Gemima (Fine Arts), Yasmina Gillies (Fine Arts), Bobbie Gray (Fine Arts), Peter Walsh (Fine Arts) and Tabitha van der Westhuizen (Fine Arts). Whitecliffe students have won awards every year since the Eden Arts Trust founded the awards in 2011. President Michèle Whitecliffe says, “Our faculty have always encouraged and supported our students to fully investigate and research their ideas. It is evident each year, at this prestigious event, that our students have presented their work to a very high standard. We are very proud of our students’ record of success in the annual Eden Arts Art Schools Award.”
Whitecliffe HoD Fine Arts Matt Elwood reflects on his student’s achievements, “The Eden Arts Art Schools award is such an important event, not in the least because it fosters inter-collegiality between the participating institutions. Witnessing the friendly and supportive environment created between students, faculty, and support teams over the week and again on the night was truly heart-warming. Of course, we are incredibly pleased once again with the results, once again affirming the quality of arts education our students receive. Bobbie and Clare have consistently demonstrated that they are two of our finest soon-to-be-graduates and that, along with their dedication and professionalism was why they were selected. The Fine Arts team were equally pleased with all of our participants and believe they made the judges' decisions very tough to make.” Whitecliffe HoD Photo Media Becky Nunes adds,
“For the second year, the judges have also recognised the excellent and compelling work being made by Whitecliffe Photo Media students. In his three years at Whitecliffe, Peng Chen has engaged with the challenges of a new language and culture, and has successfully incorporated these experiences into his developing performative lens-based practice. The annual Eden Arts awards are an excellent opportunity for our students to take their ideas and visual outcomes to a wider audience.”
The exhibition and award event this year was held at Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design, after having first hosted the event in 2013. The exhibition is open for public viewing at our Pearce Gallery and other studio spaces located at 130 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell from Friday 30 June – Monday 3 July 10am- 4pm. The exhibition also includes a Guided Floor Walk with judge Denys Watkins taking please on Sunday 2 July at 2pm. The cost is $15 general admission: to book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit the Eden Arts Trust website for more information.
Whitecliffe would like to congratulate Peng, Clare and Bobbie on their success!
Top Photo l-r: HoD MFA Noel Ivanoff, HoD Fine Arts Matt Ellwood, Bobbie Gray, Yasmina Gillies, Tabitha van der Westhuizen, Peng Chen, Peter Walsh, Lecturer David Cowlard and President Michèle Whitecliffe
Bottom Photos l-r:
Clare Gemima: Laid in Heaven, 2017
Peng Chen: Untitled, 2017
Bobbie Grey: Resident Alien, 2017