Wintec talent proves to be the Best

Wintec talent proves to be the Best

Congratulations to Alan Deare, Mark Purdom, Shari Baker, and Luke McConnell for being nominated in 2016’s Best Awards, and for attaining the awards they received. Please click on the images or text links below to read more on the Best Awards website.
From Certainty to Doubt

 

Purdom and Deare won Gold in the Editorials and Books category for ‘From Certainty to Doubt’

 

 

Korero

 

 

McConnell and Baker won bronze in the Nga Aho – Student category for:

Korero: A gathering of stars, a gathering of stories

We’re very proud of you all.

Creating a Spark : Megan Lyon

Creating a Spark : Megan Lyon

Spark 2016 Logo

Spark Festival Director, Megan Lyon, was featured by The Big Idea recently for her work on the festival which celebrates Music, Media, Arts, and Design.
We here at the School of Media Arts treasure the skills and insight that she brings to our team, and we are proud to share The Big Idea’s story with you.

Below is a short segment copied from The Big Idea website, where you can continue to read the full article.

This year at The Big Idea we’ve been showcasing creative careers, including letting you know ‘Who Got That Job’ and recent appointments. Megan Lyon has been festival director for Spark International Festival for three years now, so for this interview we checked in to see how she’s going and her plans for 2017.

Tasked with bringing creative minds from NZ and around the globe to Wintec in Hamilton each year, Megan has also shared some of those voices here with Spark 16 videos from Leonie Hayden of Mana MagazineScott Paterson senior design lead at IDEO, artist Lonnie Hutchinson and Christopher Doyle of CD & Co Sydney.

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Art is the gymnasium for the mind

Art is the gymnasium for the mind

The below is taken from the full article by Shontelle Campbell, Cameron Wilkinson and Abby Baty, as published on the Waikato Independent.

Mesh Sculpture Hamiltons Treasurer Stuart Anderson talking about the projects Mesh Sculpture have doneMesh Sculpture Hamilton treasurer Stuart Anderson describes art as the gymnasium for the mind.

He says public art is a way of making people think and the beauty of it is that you do not need to understand it, it is what it is to the individual, so it can be whatever they interpret it to be.

He said there were many organisations involved in funding public art in an effort to keep Hamilton vibrant.

One of those organisations is Mesh Sculpture Hamilton which is a charitable trust set up to raise money for and commission nationally significant artworks, which are then gifted to the city.

To read on, find the full article here

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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New videos profile Waikato Museum staff

New videos profile Waikato Museum staff

Waikato Museum has worked with Wintec Media Arts students since 2014 to develop a series of videos profiling staff. Two new 2015 profiles, for preparator Richard Thomas and visitor host Tongaporutu Neha, are now available to view on the museum’s website, as well as the 2014 productions.

This project gives students the opportunity to work with an external client and create work to a specific brief.

Waikato Museum’s Partnerships and Communications Manager Louise Belay said that their team was very impressed with the Wintec students this year. “They encountered and overcame obstacles – particularly excess noise in the Museum, as we had several projects under construction at the time. Their ability to draw out the personalities and the passion of  our  colleagues is evident, and the final result, another two high quality videos give a valuable insight into why we love what we do here.”

Graduates and tutor are National Contemporary Art Award finalists

Graduates and tutor are National Contemporary Art Award finalists

Two graduates and a staff member from Media Arts have been selected as finalists in the 2015 National Contemporary Art Awards.

Photography lecturer Mark Purdom, Master of Arts graduand Tracey Stockley-Smith and Bachelor of Media Arts graduate Karl Bayly made the cut and will be part of the associated exhibition at Waikato Museum. The full list of finalists is available here.

The winner and merit award winners of the National Contemporary Art Award will be announced on Friday 17 July, and the exhibition will open from Saturday 18 July until Sunday 1 November 2015. The winner of the 2015 National Contemporary Art Award will receive S15,000 from the major joint sponsors, Chow:Hill and Tompkins Wake.

Graduate success at Canon Media Awards

Graduate success at Canon Media Awards
Don Rowe. Image by Clinton Tudor.
Don Rowe. Image by Clinton Tudor.

Wintec journalism graduates were well represented in the 2015 Canon Media Awards. Don Rowe won ‘Student Journalist of the Year’ at Saturday’s Canon Awards, and classmate Donna-Lee Biddle was one of the two runners up. Harkanwal Singh won as part of the NZ Herald team in both ‘Best Innovation in Multimedia Storytelling’ and ‘Best Use of Interactive Graphics’.

This is the fourth year running that Wintec graduates have featured in the finals of Student Journalist of the Year, after winning in 2012 and 2013 and having a finalist in 2014.

Alumni featured in other categories also. Florence Kerr (2007 graduate) at the Waikato Times won ‘Regional Reporter of the Year’; and Ben Stanley (2008 graduate) won ‘Newspaper Feature Writer – Sport’.

Head of the School of Media Arts Margi Moore said the consistent results were excellent, and a credit to the both the graduates and the Media Arts’ journalism teaching team.