Gallery Experience Inspires

Ramp Gallery curator talks to Media Arts students about ‘The Bloggs’ by Nicola Jackson.

Media Arts summer school students have been wowed by Nicola Jackson’s “The Bloggs”. The exhibition – which explores human anatomy and the intersection between science, psychology and art history – is currently on show at Ramp Gallery.  The gallery is full to the brim with bright paintings, sculptures, furniture and objects, all crafted by Jackson in an immersive installation that becomes a walk-in ‘cabinet of curiosities’. The experience raised several questions amongst the class, who are studying visual arts practice, from “what is the artist influenced by?”, to “what are the sculptures made of” and “when can I see it again?”.   Following the gallery visit we asked the group to reflect on their experience and here’s what they had to say:

“It gave me ideas for my current project along with future things to think about regarding the utilisation of a gallery space.”

“It was super interesting to see the gallery without plain white walls and it let me know that you can do what you want, there are no restrictions. ”

“It has given me ideas to ruminate on and introduce to my work.”

“It has helped us think in a different perspective on art.”

“I learnt that I shouldn’t afraid to use so much colour. It’s OK to add or take away and make things your own.”

“It has given me ideas to ruminate on and introduce to my work.”

“This was the first time I’ve been to Ramp and it definitely won’t be the last.”

“Really good, unlike anything I’ve seen before.”

“It gave me a lot to think about regarding the presentation of my work.”

The Bloggs by Nicola Jackson is open at Ramp Gallery from the 22 Jan – 21 Feb, 2018 with an artist talk and closing party to come.

Nicola Jackson: The Bloggs was first shown at Dunedin Public Art Gallery from 18 Mar – 5 Jun, 2017.

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Ramp Gallery is free to attend and open to all visitors from Monday to Friday 12:30 – 4pm, or by appointment.

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Ramp is proudly a Wintec space, and functions with the help of a fantastic team of Media Arts student and community volunteers. To become involved, email us at


10 Lessons on Creative Integrity from Areez Katki

10 Lessons on Creative Integrity from Areez Katki
Areez Katki is a Persian-born, independent textile practitioner based in Auckland, New Zealand. He specialises in creating pieces of knitwear & apparel that are locally crafted by hand. Each body of work is carefully researched and the materials he uses are considered, ethically sourced and are limited editions. Areez considers himself as an object maker and craftsperson, having worked with his hands since the age of 9. Areez has developed a creative practice that places emphasis on maintaining integrity of originality, developing ideas from a range of sources and working symbiotically with other makers.
We were excited to have him join our #MediaArtsWintec fashion class for a guest lecture as part of Ramp Gallery’s public programme.  Areez has work in the current exhibition ‘Beauty is in the Street’.  You can check out more details of this work or get details of upcoming artist talks at Ramp Gallery.
Here are 10 things we learnt from Areez’s talk:
1.    There is no rule book, it’s all about intuition and compromise.
2.    Research is important. Derive inspiration from the things around you, from sculpture, buildings, history, trees, a cane chair.
3.    Fossick through shops, family history, through wardrobes.
4.    Travel, explore and document, there is so much inspiration to be found outside of one’s comfort zone.
5.    Embrace playfulness in your creative process, ideas, colour, line can develop into something meaningful.
6.    Collaborate. “Collaboration can work in your favour when you are a young practitioner.”
7.    Draw. It can often be playful and ideas can form out of blank spaces of your mind. “I often embrace this meditative state and ideas flow from this continued practice.”
8.    History is a place to draw inspiration from.
9.    Stop competing and help each other. Embrace symbiotic relationships with other creatives. Be helpful, offer advice and nurture one another.
10.  Look for inspiration outside the internet. Contextualise, document your research, record your experiences and acknowledge your sources. Make work that has meaning.
Thanks again to Areez Katki for sharing his words of wisdom. Follow him on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with his amazing work! See more of his collections on his website. 
Keep up to date with the Ramp Gallery programme here.

Ramp Gallery

Ramp Gallery

About Ramp Gallery:

Ramp is a contemporary public art gallery, situated in the heart of Hamilton City at Wintec’s School of Media Arts.

Ramp runs a curated programme of exhibitions showing work from New Zealand and International artists.

Ramp also has an education and public programme running alongside each exhibition with artists talks,

public panels and film screenings happening through the year.


Artists are welcome to send exhibition proposals to Ramp Gallery for consideration.  

For more information on gallery floor plans, contact the Curator found here.

Group Visits:

Group or school bookings can be made by contacting

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Ramp is proudly a Wintec space.

Solo : St Peter’s Cathedral becomes a work of art

Solo : St Peter’s Cathedral becomes a work of art

soloWintec tutors Luke McConnell & Jordan Foster have teamed up on an exciting projection installation entitled ‘SOLO’.

Solo is a commissioned piece designed to complement the Christmas revellers taking in the sights of the Garden Place Christmas tree and the Trees at the Meteor art exhibition.

“We’re really excited. This is the first time the exterior of the Cathedral has been used as a canvas in such a creative way. We’ll be linking three powerful 5k projectors together to make one seamless image across the surface of the building. The animation will interact with the forms of the building with a particular focus on the clock tower – which should be visible from quite a distance. Weather permitting it will be an event not to be missed’ says Luke.

The projected animation invites the viewer to think about how they can better connect with others in their community. The animation will run for about 5 minutes and will loop over the evening.

The artwork can be seen after sundown from Sunday 18th to Tuesday 20th December 2016 until 11pm. Pedestrian viewers are welcome in the Cathedral grounds on the south end Victoria Street.

Dave White, originator of the projection idea, is keen to see the public’s reaction.

“It’s obviously going to be a cool night walk after Trees at the Meteor exhibition, but it’s also just another really fabulous way to celebrate something innovative with families in the central city. It’s a little bit of Melbourne in Hamilton and the hope is it will grow into a an anticipated feature of the Christmas calendar.

For more information visit the Solo Facebook page  or Trees at Meteor website.

2016 Graduate Showcase Exhibitions

2016 Graduate Showcase Exhibitions

Its that time of year again, when we get to showcase our amazing students and the pieces they have relentlessly worked on all year.

All are invited to attend the exhibition series:  Listen to some meticulously molded soundscapes, absorb some detailed imagery, be drawn in to the passionate stroke of a pen (or charcoal or digital tablet).

Please join us in celebrating their success. All events are free.


Music Performances: Clarence St Theatre | 15-18 November | 7pm

He Pō Whakanui (Māori & Pasifika Student Exhibition): Te Kōpu Mānia Marae, Wintec | 18 & 21 November | 10am-2pm

Moving Image: Events Room 1 & 2, Wintec | 21 November | 6.30pm

Photography Exhibition: P Block, Wintec | 24 November | 5.30pm

Graphic Design & Interior Design Exhibition: R Block, Wintec | 24 November | 5.30pm

Painting & Sculpture Exhibition: Building X, Wintec | 24 November | 5.30pm

For more information, follow our Facebook event page, or email us at

Hamilton Book Month events

Hamilton Book Month events

Hamilton Book Month, held in August 2015, celebrates NZ authors and their writing. A variety of fiction and non-fiction events covering different genres encourage Waikato residents to meet authors to discuss their work and to promote New Zealand writing. There are opportunities to hear authors read their work and ask about their writing influences. Media Arts communication lecturer Gail Pittaway has been involved in planning the line-up and is looking forward to the events.

kingsleyfield Truth, Non-Fiction and what LIES between: Tuesday 4 August 7pm

Social Space,  R block, Wintec Collingwood Street, Hamilton, with Robin Robilliard & Kingsley Field (pictured), and chair Sam Edwards. Our participants will talk about memoir and news writing and what lies between.



Sally Sutton with chair Sharon Holt: Thursday 6 August 6-7pm

Chartwell Library, Lynden Court, Hamilton. Sally Sutton with chair Sharon Holt. A finalist in the 2015 NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults, Sally will talk about her writing and read from her work.



robinRobin Robilliard: Friday 7 August 12.30pm

The Friends of the Hamilton Public Library Association invite you to hear Robin read from her book and talk about her life. A Hamilton Authors Event. Chartwell Library, Lynden Court, Hamilton.



Hamilton Authors Gathering: Saturday 8 August, 9.30-12 Noon. Cost $2

Mix and mingle with Hamilton authors who will be displaying and discussing their writing. Morning tea will be provided while you meet a range of writers, with opportunities to buy their books. If you are interested in attending either as an author or a reader, please phone Betty Smith 846 4981 for catering purposes. Western Community Centre, Hyde Ave, Nawton


dylanDylan Horrocks: Monday 10 August, 11am – 12pm.

Dylan will share his own insights into the creative challenges of facing an empty page. Events Room 1, Gallagher  Hub, Wintec.
This is a Wintec Spark festival event. The event is free, but limited to 150 people.



Food, Fun & Fantasy: Wednesday 19 August 7pm

Come along to a entertaining evening with Vicki Ravlich-Horan (food) and Danielle Hawkins (fun) and Mandy Hager (fantasy), chaired by Gail Pittaway.



jackrossPoetry workshop: Thursday 27 August 1-3pm

Students from five Hamilton secondary schools have been selected to participate in a two hour writing workshop held at Wintec with Dr Jack Ross. The interactive session will cover a range of writing techniques and expose students to a variety of poems including haiku and tanka and give ideas for creating and developing their work. Dr Jack Ross is a senior lecturer in creative writing in the School of English and Media Studies on Massey University’s Albany Campus. Events Room 1, Gallagher  Hub, Wintec.



Poetry evening event: Thursday 27 August 6-8pm

Jack Ross will be in conversation with Mark Houlahan about his writing and will read from his work. Creative Waikato Big Space.



Cooking the Books: Saturday 29 August 12 noon

Three chefs (Kylie Petterson from Gothenburg, Jeff Dunstan from Domaine and Maria Senear from River Kitchen) will talk about cookbooks that have inspired them, a bit about their cooking history, where they have worked, whether they have lived abroad and what flavours they discovered by living in different countries, how that influences what they cook and what they like to cook at home. Food critic and reviewer Denise Irvine will chair the event.



Media Arts information session 5 May

Media Arts information session 5 May



At the May 5th Media Arts information session, you can drop in any time to talk to staff about short courses, certificates, diplomas, degrees, and postgraduate qualifications in communication, music, visual arts, and design.

This is a perfect opportunity to research mid-year or 2016 study options and get questions answered.


3.30 ~ Doors open
4.00 ~ Presentation on ‘Careers in the Creative Industries’
4.30 ~ Talk to employers and Media Arts tutors, tour the learning facilities and visit the Top Art NZQA folio exhibition.

Where: R Block Social Space, opposite Dora’s Café, on Collingwood St.

Top Art comes to Hamilton

Top Art comes to Hamilton

photo 2Media Arts will be hosting the touring NZQA Top Art exhibition during its time in Hamilton. The exhibition features a selection of the top painting, design, printmaking, sculpture and photography portfolios produced by NZ secondary school students during 2014, and will be available to view in X Block Gallery at 54 Alexandra St, Hamilton, from April 29th – May 7th, 10am – 4pm weekdays.

Larger groups can be booked in by emailing or calling 07 8348800 x 7576.

A teachers’ discussion event will be held in conjunction with the exhibition, at 4.30pm on April 29th. Anyone interested in attending can RSVP to Dawn Tuffery on the address above by April 28th.

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