The Xposition opening night was held last Thursday (1 July) and kaimahi, ākonga and their whānau were invited to attend. The opening night was an awesome event, with one student even selling their artwork. A total of four pieces of art have been brought since the exhibition began.
Arts and Design tutor Elliot Collins said the exhibition celebrated international art styles as a reminder of the effects of Covid-19 has had on international travel.
“After what feels like years of social interruptions, it’s amazing to be able to gather to celebrate the graduating exhibition of our level 5 and 6 New Zealand Diploma of Art and Design students here at Te Kura Mataini o Taranaki,” says Collins.
Putting on Xposition was the work of level 6 Arts and Design students who developed and delivered the exhibition.
“Our level 6 students did everything from posters to curation and everything else in between, and I think they've done a pretty stellar job,” he said.
Elliot recognised the student’s hard work and is proud of the growth they have made while studying.
“The work in the exhibition is a culmination of a year’s worth of study in either level, and the work produced by each student is outstanding. When I say student, I should really say artist, because that is what they have all become over the last twelve months,” he said. Who’s this being quoted now? Or should this be he?
“Some of these students will continue in their art career in many different forms; others will pivot to creative roles at home, in the workplace, or in different areas of study. Whatever these students do I know that we are sending people out into the world who can think deeply, solve tricky problems, ask better questions, and negotiate the world around them in unique and interesting ways. “