Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury

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18/03/2024

Exhibition opening this week at Ilam Campus Gallery 🎉...

'Celebrating 50 Years of Art History'
⏰ Opening 5:30pm, Wednesday 20 March

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Fifty years ago, in 1973, the first staff member was appointed to the newly established department of Art History at the University of Canterbury, and the department began teaching in 1974. Years later, long-time head of the School of Fine Arts Professor John Simpson recalled that one of his motivations for introducing art history as a subject in the School was ‘its role in bringing Art into the lives of everyone’. In the succeeding years the department has more than met this expectation. This exhibition – ‘Bringing Art into the Lives of Everyone’ – matches works drawn from the University Art Collection with research by staff from the department, celebrating fifty years of Art History at UC.

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Photos from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury's post 15/03/2024

Introducing Scarlett Giffin Munn, Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award Finalist 2024!
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🥹 What do you hope viewers take away from your artwork?
Well my work is quite esoteric and inspired by fairly personal narratives, however when viewers look at my work I would like to evoke a sense of nostalgia, familiarity or comfort within them. Ideally provide an emotional catalyst that allows them to reminisce and reflect on their own childhood and sentimentality.

🧸 Who are some of your favourite artists or influences?
My influences are constantly changing from piece to piece but with this work I was mainly inspired by childhood, nostalgia and slightly obscured, hazy early memories. I wanted to convey the feeling of trying to reminisce about a childhood memory but not being able to fully recall it.

Photos from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury's post 13/03/2024

🐚 Introducing Mi Kyung Jang, Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award Finalist 2024! 🐚

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Mi Kyung's ongoing research delves into the intricate connection between humans and nature within the context of the Anthropocene era. Drawing inspiration from her childhood experiences immersed in nature and guided by the principles of Matauranga Maori, this study delves into the challenges faced by Kakahi (known as such in Maori) – a marginalized species of freshwater mussels. These mussels not only play a vital role in water purification but also symbolize broader global ecological issues.

Mi Kyung's motivation for this research traces back to a cherished childhood memory of her grandmother crafting a necklace from freshwater mussel shells. This experience ignited her passion to address the decline of these freshwater mussels and the larger environmental concerns they represent.

Photos from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury's post 07/03/2024

🧡 Introducing Roslyn McLean, Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award Finalist 2024! 🧡

🥬 About the work
For me, this painting is escapism into reality. I’ve depicted a space that I feel comfortable and accepted, and used painting to immerse myself in that space. Warm velvety colours, domestic interiors, and the odd cabbage or two are my invitation to the viewer to step into my fantasy, a place where the prying eyes of others stays firmly locked behind the front door.

🎨 Who are some of your favorite artists or influences?
My favourite artist has definitely got to be Lisa Yuskavage, I adore the way she uses paint, so loose in some areas and completely unpainted in others. The confidence in her paint handling and her conviction to paint whatever she wants inspires me every time I see her work. And don’t even get me started on her use of colour!

🛏️ Do you have any quirky rituals or habits when you're in your creative zone?
…Probably not the best habit… But my favourite place to paint is in bed…. I make a large pot of peppermint tea, barricade myself in with my little easel and all my painting supplies, put a musical on in the background and paint for hours without getting paint on myself or my bed. This is an art in itself!

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Photos from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury's post 05/03/2024

🟡 Introducing Malia McLellan, Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award Finalist 2024! 🟡

The title of Malia's image going into the Ashburton Art gallery is 'Lanu Ago Kahoa Hihi / Yellow Beads' 2023
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🏡 Who are some of your favourite artists or influences?
I think my friends get sick of me talking about Mark Adams. I came across his collaborative work ‘Repatriation’ with Areta Wilkinson, as well as his Tatau work too. As a Niuean, it sits with me, because I realised that I could make work about my own culture too. Something that’s a constant influence for me is family; it’s been the focal point of my work for the last year or so, and I like the idea of being able to photograph familial dynamics and memories as a way of archiving the lives we’ve led and the experiences we’ve had.

☕🍫Do you have any quirky rituals or habits when you're in your creative zone?
One does not simply enter the creative zone without a little treat. I guess my ritual would be making sure that I’ve got a coffee and a little yummy treat to power me through my creative zone. Plus it boosts morale.

Malia McLellan UCArts University of Canterbury Ashburton Art Gallery

28/02/2024

🎨 Introducing Estella Loughlin, Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award Finalist 2024! 🎨

Estella is a landscape artist and hopes to convey the profound beauty of the New Zealand landscape and the silent history imbedded within. In particular, a timeless quality in the Central Otago landscape resonates with Estella. Occasional isolated buildings found there suggest a stoicism of the human spirit in the face of nature’s intensity. These structures become threads that connect the past to the present; tangible links to a faded history and a tribute to an enduring spirit.
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🏞️ Who are some of your favorite artists or influences?
I've always been very influenced by Edward Hoppers work. His art has influenced me to focus on the metaphorical significance of my own art and inspired my focus on light, colour and subject. I gained my love of landscapes from artist such as Grahame Sydney, Peter Siddell and Brent Wong.

🌈What do you hope viewers take away from your artwork?
I want the viewers to identify with the preservation of the past with objects in my work, picking up their own meaning and understanding depending on their mood and emotions towards the object and painting.

🏚️ What's the most unexpected thing you've used as inspiration for your art?
For many of my paintings I look to Christchurch City centre for post-earthquake relics. This turret for example caught my attention one day on my way home from the gym with it being the last remaining signs of Wharetiki House on Colombo street. The loneliness of the turret resonated with my love for relics and I wanted to acknowledge its history and place that it once had in Christchurch, like so many other heritage buildings that were destroyed during the earthquakes.

Estella Loughlin UCArts University of Canterbury Ashburton Art Gallery

26/02/2024

👋 Introducing Ella Hickford, Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award Finalist 2024! 👋

Ella's photographic interests largely lie in ideas around time and place. She grew up on the West Coast and moved to Christchurch in 2014 to study at the Ilam School of Fine Arts, finally completing a Master of Fine Arts in photography in 2023. Ella's passion for the environment is often reflected in her work with projects focussing on the relationship between people and the landscape that surrounds us.
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📚 Who are some of your favourite artists/influences?
I draw inspiration from a variety of places. As a fairly analytical person, I tend to gravitate towards artists that combine art with extensive historic or scientific research. Chrystel Lebas's photobook 'Field Studies: Walking through Landscapes and Archives' and Alfred Charles Barker's photographs of early Canterbury were key to the development of the body of work the artwork selected for ZAFAA24 came from.

🗺️ What inspires your artwork?
Alongside photographic works by other artists, a lot of my research comes from scientific articles and old documents found on places like Papers Past. This typically comes through in the maps, diagrams, and writing that often accompany my photographs. Beyond that, my research is driven forwards through conversations with others (who are far more knowledgeable than me) and plain old curiosity about the things I see when I'm out taking photographs. The ability of photography to untangle and create sense of the world by distilling it down into minute moments is what keeps me coming back to it.

🌿 What do you hope people will take away from your work?
I hope that when people view my work, they are left with a greater sense of the history of the sites that I photograph and are inspired to take greater consideration of the environment we inhabit.

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Photos from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury's post 23/02/2024

⭐ Introducing Marie Porter, Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award Finalist 2024! ⭐

Along with Marie's 'The Rocks' 2023 installation, Marie has also created a handmade book of original poems, drawings and photographs titled 'The Collector'.
The entire book making process, from whittling down the words of lived experiences described, to scouring the shelves of second hand bookshops, to measuring, tearing, folding, cutting, designing, stitching, glueing, drawing and re-editing, has been a crafting pleasure for Marie.
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✍️ Who are some of your favorite artists or influences?
American Artist and Writer: Roni Horn, British painter: Ian McKeever and NZ Artist Poet: Sam Duckor-Jones.

😲 What do you hope viewers take away from your artwork?
Surprise about the materially and making? Questions about environmental permanence and/or fragility?

🚲 Do you have any quirky rituals or habits when you're in your creative zone?
I like to start early with a bike ride, then pull on my painting shirt and listen to creative inducing binaural beats as I work.

🪨 What's the weirdest or most unexpected thing you've used as inspiration for your art?
Collecting rocks initially seemed like an unusual way to progress a project, until I discovered and researched the ancient art of Gongshi or Scholars Stones and learnt about the long history of rock collecting around the world. New Zealand Earth Science continues to fascinate me.

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Photos from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury's post 21/02/2024

🙌 Introducing Virginia Ferguson, Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award Finalist 2024! 🙌

The film I have submitted for ZAFAA24 is titled "Skin Culture"
A single channel installation. It is a 3 minute silent looping cycle, shot on a DSLR camera. The film is an exploration into the tedious and repetitive nature of the self-care industry. We examine our own skin under a proverbial microscope, but do others even see the results of our efforts?

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💓 Who are some of your favorite artists or influences?
Nam June Paik, John Cage, Nova Paul, Laura Duffy, and Takashi Murata amongst many other names. I actually draw a lot of influences from architecture; listening to the way an architect describes using space and the purpose of that space has been really helpful to my approach in filmmaking.

🛠️ Do you have any quirky rituals or habits when you're in your creative zone?
Film making is actually quite a meticulous process for me. I would say I'm an excessive planner; technical challenges are abundant in the medium and whatever I end up producing is the results of heavy and ongoing experimentation. Its very much an active learning process, I've never come out of a project without adding more skills to my metaphorical "toolbox"

🧜🏻‍♀️ What's the weirdest or most unexpected thing you've used as inspiration for your art?
There's a mockumentary called Mermaids: The Body Found (2011) that I saw as a child. Being a child with minimal critical thinking skills, it had totally convinced me that mermaids were real. Watching it in 2024 makes for a hilarious evening, the whole thing is on YouTube and the CGI that had me convinced of its credibility has aged quite poorly. The mockumentary provides evidence for the Aquatic Ape theory by combining genuine news footage compiled with dramatic reenactments, and talking head interviews with "scientists" (paid actors). As an adult, it made me consider how a lot of documentaries are edited and dramatized this way, and had me consider the validity of information that is presented in that style.

Photos from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury's post 16/02/2024

🤩 Introducing Allette Ockhuysen, Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award Finalist 2024! 🤩

Work Title: Inside
'Inside' is a personal exploration of the human body in nature. This work is created using an anthotype process on calico cotton fabric and uses turmeric dye and sunlight as the primary mediums.

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👩‍🎨 Who are some of your favorite artists or influences?
I've been really interested in Ana Mendieta and she was a big influence when I was doing these works, particularly the way she's developed her own kind of visual language through representations of the female body in connection to nature and place.

🤔 What do you hope viewers take away from your artwork?
I think it will change a lot from person to person but for this particular piece I think it's interesting for viewers to consider their personal relationship or feelings with seeing imagery of a body inverted in an enclosed shape. I've had some people say it makes them feel claustrophobic and other say it feels safe and comforting. I think it's quite an introspective experience to me.

☀️ What is a memorable moment from your artistic journey?
The whole process for this piece was quite memorable, I had to lay still for 2 hours in the sun to be able to make the body print with UV sensitive dye so it was a bit of a test of patience and being able to endure an uncomfortable position for that long. I made sure to be sun safe and lather on the spf but this did make some of the yellow turmeric dye transfer on to my skin so I had half a yellow face for a day or two until it faded.

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Photos from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury's post 13/02/2024

Spotlighting our students and alumni who have been selected as Zonta Ashburton Female Art Awards Finalists 2024....

🌸 Introducing Amy McMilan 🌸

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Q. What inspires your artwork?
📸 I make art about my experience as an autistic person in an allistic world. I draw from my experiences and process them through my art. I like to think that my camera is like a filter, it helps me focus

Q. When did you know photography was for you?
🐾 Photography has been something that has fascinated me since I was a child, my most prized possession when I was a kid was my hot pink digital camera - which was filled with photos of my cat. Not much has changed, my cats' faces are forever clogging up my SD cards.

Q. What do you hope viewers take away from your work?
🤔 I hope viewers of my artwork think about the world through an autistic person's eyes and consider how they interact within our world. I think it is important to recognise how ableist our world is and how hard it is for many autistic people to exist and take up space in society. I want people to ask questions about my work and ask themselves how they contribute to making our society a better place for everyone, not just autistic people.

Photography Work submitted to Zonta is titled 'if i unlock this, i may never close it again'

Zonta Ashburton UCArts University of Canterbury

02/02/2024

Congratulations to the Zonta Ashburton Female Art Awards Finalists for 2024!

And especially to our Ilam School of Fine Arts students and alumni
Kara Burrowes, Virginia Ferguson, Katie Hayles, Ella Hickford, Mikyung Jang, Allette Ockhusen, Marie Porter, Hazel Rae, Susan Waterson, Scarlett Giffin Munn, Roslyn McLean, Malia McLellan, Amy McMillan, Aya Nichols, Elise Waterson, Claire Langlands, Zelle Logan, Estella Loughlin 👏👏👏👏👏

University of Canterbury UCArts Zonta Ashburton

Photos from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury's post 17/01/2024

This week we are saying farewell to our amazing Head Technician, Trevor Hall 💕🥺

Trevor has contributed an enormous amount to the delivery of our technical support, workshops, programmes and presentation of student and external guests art practice over a number of years. His advocacy for best practice and recognising student and staffs needs has been invaluable.

Trevor is moving with his family to Melbourne where we know he will continue to do interesting things in the arts and will be highly sought after for his knowledge and skills.

His last day at Ilam School of Fine Arts is this Friday 19 Jan.

We will miss you Trevor!!

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16/01/2024

Anyone out there wanna come help me collate some books? Looking for people anytime from this afternoon (Weds), or Thursday or Friday this week. Even if you could help for an hour or two it would be massive. I can provide – a cool space, snacks and drinks, dogs, and a growing list of impending dad jokes... and a book at the end (if you like/want the book at the end? [You might be sick of it by then TBH])

Please message me if you're keen. We're doing it at the DESIGN STUDIO at the Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury... I can tell you where you can park and let you into buildings etc.

Photos from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury's post 11/01/2024

to students being hard at work at the end of last year...safe to say we might be missing having them around!

11/12/2023

The third recipient of the SELECT 2023 Award is Holly Payne! Holly is a BFA Honours student in Sculpture.

Holly's piece, 'Brutalist Interplay' "translates characteristics of Ilam School of Fine Art's Brutalist architecture through sonic and fragrant representations"

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The SELECT Award is given out annually to three students whose artwork is chosen to become part of the UC Art Collection.

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08/12/2023

Congratulations to Ella Hickford! Recipient of the SELECT 2023 award 🎉 Ella is doing her MFA in photography.

Ella's photographic works explore "the ongoing effects of colonisation on Horomaka Banks Peninsula and its surrounds".
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The SELECT Award is given out annually to three students whose artwork is chosen to become part of the UC Art Collection.

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06/12/2023

Lewis Robertson was one of the three SELECT recipients this year! Congratulations! Lewis is a Masters of Fine Arts student specialising in painting.

Lewis's work is explores figurative painting "as an area of practice that is now reliant on painters making contrived aesthetic decisions in order for the medium to continue to be a justified mode of image-making...".
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The SELECT Award is given out annually to three students whose artwork is chosen to become part of the UC Art Collection.

UCArts University of Canterbury

04/12/2023

A big thank you to Karl Chitham, Director of the Dowse Art Museum, for being our SELECT award judge this year!

Congratulations to this years recipiens; Lewis Robertson (MFA - Painting), Ella Hickford (MFA - Photography) and Holly Payne (BFA Hons - Sculpture) 🎉🎉🎉 - Watch this space for more information about the artists.
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The SELECT Award is given out annually to three students whose artwork is chosen to become part of the UC Art Collection.

University of Canterbury UCArts

30/11/2023

And that's wrap on Open Studios 2023! Thanks to everyone who came to support our students at this event and a very special thank you to our sponsors who help to make it all possible!! 🙏🙏🙏

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Photos from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury's post 28/11/2023

Lots of smiling faces at our Ilam 2023 opening last Friday night 🤩 🤩 🤩 Thank you to everyone who came along and made it such a great event.

The studios are open daily, 10am - 4pm until this Thursday 30 Nov

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24/11/2023

Open today 10am - 4pm!

ILAM 2023 is open daily 10-4, Saturday 25 November - Thursday 30 November



24/11/2023
Photos from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury's post 23/11/2023

Finishing touches for Open Studios tomorrow 😙👌

🍾 Opening event Friday 24 Nov, 4pm
🧐 Open daily 10am - 4pm, Saturday 25 Nov - Thursday 30 Nov

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20/11/2023

THIS WEEK!

We are so excited to open our doors to the public this Friday! Come and see our 3rd year, 4th year and post-graduate student's artwork at Open Studios 2023

🍾 Opening event 24 Nov, 4pm
🧐 Open daily 10am - 4pm, 25 Nov - 30 Nov

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Photos from Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury's post 17/11/2023

One week to go until Open Studios 2023!!

🍾 Opening event 24 Nov, 4pm
🧐 Open daily 10am - 4pm, 25 Nov - 30 Nov

As part of Open Studios, 3 pieces will be chosen to become part of the UC Art Collection 🖼️

Throwback to our 2022 SELECT winners 🎉

Celina Nogueira
FINA450 (SCUL)
It is less the Horror than the Grace, 2022
Digital photograph, dimensions variable

Harriette Herlund
FINA450 (DESI)
Poster for Arcana Studio, 2022
Risograph print, 420 x 297 mm

Tamara Sikuri
FINA450 (SCUL)
Untitled, (Sleeping Giants, Nadi Fiji) 2022
Research documentation, 210 x 270 mm

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