Elam School of Fine Arts is regarded as one of the top art school in Southern Hemisphere, and many graduates are practicing art all over the world. Many of the lecturers are also practicing artists and their works are exhibited at places such as Venice Biennale. Elam provides Bachelors, Masters and Doctors degree. Its courses concentrate on conceptual contemporary art.
Sections are divided into Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Design, Intermedia, Printmaking and Te Toi Hou (Pacific and Maori art).
Every year in November, school is open to the public and the end of year exhibition is held. There were number of high level works exhibited this year.
Metals pieces were bent and welded to create wavy shapes, I think this work was successful as a installation work as well as a sculpture. The sculpture successfully altered the space and viewers could experience the space. Work by Tim Lush.
Vicky Savage create small world on a small table. Many of the objects were connected to motors of clocks and small figures were moving.
This work by Elizabeth Borrows was exhibited in Painting section. Students at Elam are encourage to interpret the medium freely – students are free to move between mediums as long as there is supporting concept behind them.
Again, this photography by Simon Deny who graduated from Sculpture shows free interpretation of medium. He has done series of beautiful landscape photos around Auckland.
There are a number of international students studying at Elam School of Fine Arts. If you are interested, check out the website.
ELAM School of Fine Arts
Address: The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland
Tel: 09 373 7599 ext. 88000
Text: Kentaro Yamada