Graduate exhibition displays diverse talents

21 November 2017

Graduate exhibition displays diverse talents

An exhibition of the multimedia artwork for NorthTec’s Bachelor of Applied Arts graduates of 2017 opens at the Geoff Wilson Gallery on Thursday, 23 November.

The work on display at the farrago exhibition is a culmination of hard work and intensive refinement by the 10 graduating students, whose work derives from a multitude of influences, ideas and cultural backgrounds. It is a celebration of the varied talents of the students and their achievements.

The artworks include digital media and animation, cyanotype and experimental photography, paint, illustration and print. The name farrago – meaning a confused mixture describes the juxtaposition of the artists on display with the diverse range of individual projects completed.

The graduating students are Isaac Bryce, Jamaica Tata, Jacinta Hailes, Ya Qian Shao, Hayley Milton, Chen Zhichun, Tina McKinnon, Lydia Anderson, Jackson Ansted and Catherine Peng (Jiaxin).

Throughout their studies, the students have taken part in a wide range of projects. For their solo exhibitions held earlier this year, they were challenged to display their art in “alternative spaces” outside the traditional gallery setting. This led to a variety of exhibition settings, including a phone box, a tunnel, a space at the entrance to a Whangarei art gallery and a beach, where photos were processed in salt water.

The students have worked at professional level through community projects and with local industry groups such as Channel North TV, photographing for the Bernina Fashion Awards and Sistema Whangarei youth music group and recording the 2016 Ngāpuhi Festival.

Eight arts students also took part in an exchange trip to China, spending two weeks studying at the Haikou College of Economics and Vocational Technology, in Hainan province. The Haikou college is one of NorthTec’s international partnership schools, and students from the school will soon arrive in Whangarei to complete the exchange. The NorthTec students organised a special art auction to fundraise for the trip.

The launch of farrago will take place from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on 23 November, at the Geoff Wilson Gallery, Toi Te Pito Arts precinct, Gate 3, Raumanga Valley Road. The exhibition runs until Friday, 8 December. Gallery hours are 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.


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