Guest blog by Michael Armstrong (Art & Design tutor at Timaru Campus).
Arts and Media students studying with the Creative Faculty in Timaru are privileged to be exhibiting at the Aigantighe Art Gallery again this year. Students from all levels have their work in this exhibition.
The Aigantighe is Timaru’s highly regarded public art gallery, and the Polychrome Exhibition has been a feature and a highlight for the students and the supportive South Canterbury audience for a number of years. Digital art, photography, graphics, paintings, motion design work, sculpture, printmaking and drawing are all included in this diverse show. The works range from social commentary to advertising, landscape photography to contemporary and edgy experimental work. Tutors encourage all students to participate in this large group show, which has close to 90 works on display until 19 November, and takes up the main gallery space and the foyer.
Second year students work as a team to do much of the organising from the polytechnic end. They select works, design the invites and posters, organise printing and framing, cataloguing and advertising the exhibition as part of their studies. They experience some of the issues and the intensity that goes into exhibiting in a public space. All students get a huge benefit from the professionalism and expertise of the gallery staff in the hanging the show, and from the public exposure.
At the opening, Head of Department Tom Rainey, and Manager of Art and Design Bruce Russell attended. Bruce Russell spoke about the courses on offer at the Timaru campus in 2018. He also handed out several awards, including the 2017 Polychrome Awards to:
- Level 4 – Alysha Calder
- Level 5 – Jo Whitfort
- Level 6 – Zoe Sturm
- Graphic Design – Emily Duggan
- Visual Culture – Liam Batchelor
Philippa Wallace made the Samantha Wallace Award to Chrissie Hastie and Nicole Jones.
The Friends of the Aigantighe awarded their prize to Sam Sugrue.
The South Canterbury Art Society made their award to Jo Whitfort.
Polychrome 2017 is on at Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru, until 19th November.
For those of you at City Campus, make sure you check out Ripe (Art & Design Exhibition) next week from 21st of November – 1st December.