Pearce Gallery

Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design Gallery

The Pearce Gallery, located at the front of Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design St Georges Bay Road Studios, 130 St Georges Bay Road.

Pearce Gallery was established in 2008 when Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design relocated to Parnell. From 2008 until 2011, Pearce operated as an in-house educational gallery. In 2012, Whitecliffe Fine Arts Lecturer Jill Sorensen took over the direction of Pearce Gallery with the intention of creating an exhibition programme that integrates what she sees as Whitecliffe’s strengths: educational rigour, intimate scale, and a personalised approach. In keeping with this, her strategy has been to grow the gallery organically, slowly developing a programme that fosters experimental research and facilitates critique and discussion. The curatorial directive is to explore the possibilities of the “research exhibition” as a venue for critical exchange, discussion and feedback. As a result, the programme focuses on experimental and transitional projects: work in its developmental phase, rather than “finished” exhibitions.

A core aspect of this programme is the annual One Day Wonder series. Each season of One Day Wonder addresses a particular research directive through a series of twenty-four hour exhibitions. The 2012 series was a faculty research project titled Paper Bag Research Forum, which responding in part to the 2012 PBRF (Performance Based Research Funding) round. This year the project is titled Parallel Universe, and moves beyond the College to look at six artist collectives across the country.

Other new initiatives underway include the use of the gallery as a project space during term breaks. This will allow an artist or group of artists to use Pearce as a research/installation space for a two to four week period, and to partake in a programme of discussion and exhibition both within the institution and with the wider public. This could be used as a final exhibition in itself, or it could be an opportunity for research and development towards a significant future event, such as an exhibition at public gallery. The timing and format of the project space programme is still in progress, and expressions of interest are welcome.


St Georges Bay Road Studios and Pearce Gallery

130 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand

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Contact Jill Sorensen, Gallery Manager, at to express interest in the Project Space, or to request proposal guidelines to exhibit at the Pearce Gallery.


April 2018


14 April - 20 April
Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design
24 Balfour Rd; Parnell

Learn the key skills, production values and critical thinking required for the creation of compelling audio-visual narratives. You will be guided by a faculty that includes noted filmmakers, researchers, photographers and industry practitioners.

This intensive workshop enables you to gain valuable new skills, refresh or re-focus your existing knowledge base & make valuable professional connections.

Work with other creative image-makers in our purpose-built facilities and on location during a challenging and rewarding week-long course of study.

Course Overview

  1. Project visualisation and pre-production.
  2. The Adobe Creative Suite©, with emphasis on Premiere©, After Effects© and Muse©/Spark©.
  3. Image and sound recording: equipment, best practice workflows and file management.
  4. Post-production: Editing, sound and graphics.
  5. Workshop overview:
  6. During this intensive week you will negotiate a project, generate and edit content, receive critique and feedback from lecturers and your peers, and screen your final work at a public event at the close of the workshop.
  7. Delivery will take the form of lectures, tutorials, individual meetings with faculty, site visits, group and individual critique and feedback. 

You will need:

  1. Prior basic knowledge of editing software such as Photoshop©
  2. Intermediate-level Mac-based digital file-handling skills
  3. Intermediate-level photographic capability for the all-manual operation of DSLRs
  4. An external hard-drive

 We provide:

  1. High quality facilities including digital labs, daylight and blackout studios.
  2. Mac desktop computers and software, still and moving image camera and sound equipment. Technical support.
  3. Wi-Fi, printers and copiers as well as the wonderful Parkyn Library onsite.
  4. A public, catered screening event to close the workshop.
  5. Tea, coffee, healthy snacks and kitchen facilities.

Who we are:

We are educators, artists and industry practitioners.

  1. Becky Nunes (MFA) Photographer and film maker. Head of Department, Photo Media at Whitecliffe.
  2. David Cowlard: (MA) Photographer, film maker and field recordist. Undergraduate lecturer at Whitecliffe.
  3. Briar March: (MFA) Filmmaker
  4. Rainer Weston: (BFA) New media artist.
  5. Serena Giovanni Stevenson: Photographer and film maker
  6. Aaron McLean & Marcus Ringrose: PlayStudio commercial moving image production
  7. Lux Productions: Colleen Tunicliffe. Photographer and short film maker


This workshop is currently a stand-alone, non-credit bearing course. However, there is the possibility that successful completion of this workshop could contribute to future recognised prior learning towards a proposed Whitecliffe Post-Graduate Diploma in Photography and Media Arts.

Costs and enrolment:

The cost for the week is $1320.00 inclusive of GST

Please enrol directly following the "Enrol Now" link, or contact us to discuss terms of payment by instalment or to request a GST invoice.