Dunedin School of Art

Dunedin School of Art: ceramics, drawing, electronic arts, jewellery and metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and textiles

We offer a range of programmes: Bachelor of Visual Arts, Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts, BVA (Hons), Postgraduate Diploma, Diploma of Ceramic Arts distance, Master of Visual Arts and Master of Fine Arts. See website to apply http://www.op.ac.nz/study/creative/art/

Operating as usual

Photos from The Arts House Trust's post 14/05/2024
14/05/2024

Coming soon to the Dunedin School of Art Gallery. Touring Exhibition: Southern Mother - Ko Murihiku Tōku Whaea with print artists Kyla Cresswell, Emma Kitson, Kim Lowe

Public Seminars Term 2, 2024 12/05/2024

This coming THURSDAY Public Seminar is by Leoni Schmidt: Ten Thousand Suns: A Report on the Sydney Biennale 2024

*Seminars can also be accessed online via this link at the website.
https://www.op.ac.nz/about/news/public-seminars-term-2-2024

This year’s Biennale of Sydney is jointly curated by Cosmin Costinas and Inti Guerrero. They write that “Ten Thousand Suns conveys divergent images. A singular life-giving body known, like the world it shines light upon, has otherwise be known under thousands of different words in as many languages. … The image of many suns evokes projections of a scorching world, both in several cosmological visions and in our moment of climate emergency and of a world ablaze.” This seminar reports on the themes which emerge across the six venues of the biennale in Sydney, while also considering the curatorial decisions made and how the biennale bounces off other exhibitions in or adjacent to these venues.

Leoni Schmidt is an art historian and theorist, writer, reviewer, and postgraduate assessor. She was the Head: Dunedin School of Art (2009-2017), Director: Research & Postgraduate Studies (2017-2022) at Otago Polytechnic and the DCE: Academic at the Otago Polytechnic International Campus in Auckland (2019-2022). A full professor since 2006, she is currently professor emerita at Otago Polytechnic/Te Pūkenga. Her research focuses on contemporary visual arts practice with an emphasis on political agency.

Public Seminars Term 2, 2024 Dunedin School of Art Public Seminar Programme, Term 2, 2024

08/05/2024

We would like to remember Neil Grant who passed this week. Neil was a huge part of Dunedin School of Art, having started working here in 1977 and only stopped doing some periodic teaching and being involved in the daily life of the school a year and a half ago. Neil was Head of Ceramics for over 20 years during a period when the Ceramics Studio thrived, he leaves behind a huge legacy that goes well beyond the Dunedin School of Art and his masterful pottery. This legacy includes his vision and instigation of the distance ceramics diploma that continues to be taught throughout the country and has helped to educate hundreds of New Zealand potters and ceramic artists. Even in retirement and up until the age of 83 Neil would come into school most mornings for his short black coffee and to sometimes help out in the studio and to share his wealth of ceramic knowledge. He was admired and respected by students and potters, as an art educator he was always so generous in supporting others and sharing his knowledge which spanned the artistry, craftmanship and technical of working with clay.

Throughout his long career as an art educator, Neil continued to develop his own practice, juggling the demands of students and an art career with family commitments. In earlier years he would be in the studio most evenings and weekends making kiln load after kiln load of his work. His sixty-year career as a studio potter and ceramic artist spanned the years from the flowering of domestic rustic pots in New Zealand, but for Neil also included large sculptural ceramics and major architectural commissions. He is well known for his distinctive reworking of traditional Shino-Japanese pottery into a fusion of Anglo-Oriental forms and recreating them in new and exciting ways. His work and teaching links the Hamada and Leach influence with the new era of ceramics.

Neil was a contemporary of Len Castle, Mirek Smíšek, Barry Brickell, Doris Lusk, Peter Stitchbury and Doreen Blumhardt, he was the last surviving member of this foundational group of Potters that so influenced New Zealand pottery from the 1950s and early 60s. With Neil passing now, it really is an end of an era.

He will be much missed by staff and former students and his New Zealand ceramics community colleagues. Our thoughts go out to his family at this sad time.

08/05/2024

Congratulations to Marion Wassenaar selected as a finalist in the NZPPA24 Painting and Printmaking Awards.
A crop of her 7 colour screenprint, Idyll / Idle

05/05/2024

Visual Studies Seminar, Wednesday, 15 May, 5-7 PM

R00m F209 Puna Kawa, F Block,
Otago Polytechnic, Forth Street

Leoni Schmidt, "Animal and Human Intersections in the Work of Three Contemporary Artists"

This seminar focuses on the recent work of artists Jane Alexander, Roger Ballen, and Michele Beevors. Animals feature large in their exhibitions to address the fraught relationships with humans. Their works unmask the abuse of power, suggest hidden menace, and signal the urgency of care.

Leoni Schmidt is an art historian and theorist, writer, reviewer, and postgraduate assessor. She was the Head: Dunedin School of Art (2009-2017), Director: Research & Postgraduate Studies (2017-2022) at Otago Polytechnic, and the DCE: Academic at the Otago Polytechnic International Campus in Auckland (2019-2022). A full professor since 2006, she is currently professor emerita at Otago Polytechnic/Te Pūkenga. Her research focuses on contemporary visual arts practice with an emphasis on political agency.

image: Michele Beevors in her studio (photograph: Adrian Hall))

05/05/2024

Applications are now open for our exciting new Certificate in Creativity (Level 4) housed right here in the Dunedin School of Art, Semester 2, 2024!

Across a series of hands-on projects, this programme builds your creative skills and identifies your strengths and the areas that you most enjoy. Courses will include jewellery, textiles, and product design, working in our purpose-built studios. If you wish to take up further study this programme is also a great pathway into the Bachelor of Visual Arts!

Check out the website for more info and to apply!
https://www.op.ac.nz/new-zealand-certificate-in-creativity-level-4/
New Zealand Certificate in Creativity (Level 4) | Otago Polytechnic

image Judy Lin, Diploma in Photography
from Site 2023 Exhibition

02/05/2024

Presenting at next week's Public Seminar on Thursday 9 May, 12-1PM in P152 is Jane Dodd.

Jane will discuss her jewellery and processes in creating an exhibition project shown at four different venues over three years. Called The Family, the exhibitions presented jewellery within a scientific framework – using jewellery to illustrate the science and using science to inform the jewellery.

Jane Dodd trained as a jeweller at Unitec in Auckland in the early 1990s, following which she joined the influential jewellery collective Workshop 6. From this context she established an independent studio practice, distinct for her technical skill and unique formal language. While her early practice was focused largely on working in metals, more recently Dodd has explored a wider range of materials extending across bone, shell, stone and wood. In 2009 Dodd returned to her hometown of Dunedin, and she continues to exhibit her work throughout New Zealand and internationally. Current work explores the tensions between historic decorative traditions and the natural world from which materials are largely gathered.

Public Seminars Term 2, 2024 02/05/2024

Public Seminar Programme for all of term 2 in the link below. 😀

In person Seminars are in P152, Thursday lunchtime 12-1PM unless otherwise advised.

There is a streaming link at the bottom of the web link for those who wish to attend online.

Public Seminars Term 2, 2024 Dunedin School of Art Public Seminar Programme, Term 2, 2024

28/04/2024

Welcome back to Term 2. This week's lunchtime seminar, Thursday 2 May, 12.00-1.00pm, P152* is Hannah Joynt | Serious Whimsy

In this seminar Hannah will reflect on her painting practice from the last four years, where she explores notions of absurdity embedded in the everyday. She paints scenes of ordinary human activities and objects juxtaposed in ways that attempt to give visual form to the destabilising experience of absurdity. For her, absurdity is often a peculiarity caused by encountering something or someone(s) in an unintended context. This contextual overlapping (both digitally and physically) in contemporary life offers a seemingly endless source of subject matter. Compiling the subjects found in contextual slippage into painted scenes is her tiny action reordering the world in a picture of serious whimsy.

Hannah Joynt is a contemporary visual artist and educator who works in a range of media, processes, and scales, from digital illustration to oil painting, pastel drawing to laser cutting. Her practice is often informed by our ever-changing relationship with landscape and the natural world. As a solo practitioner she has exhibited both nationally and internationally and to date has had 19 solo shows. In 2009 she won the COCA Anthony Harper award for Contemporary Art, and she was 2010 winner of the Edinburgh Realty Art Awards, Dunedin. She also works collaboratively in projects across art and design disciplines; of particular significance is her ongoing collaborative artist duo with multimedia artist and musician Dr Jane Venis. Their collaboration includes live performances of drawing and music created in dual improvisation and performance art video works under the collective name Small Measures. In 2019 they undertook the Buinho Creative Art residency in Portugal. Recent shows include Drawn to Sound at Ashburton Art Gallery in 2019 and Dual at CICA (Czong Institute of Contemporary Art) Museum in Seoul, South Korea in 2020. In June 2021 their five-minute film Flag Plant was screened as a part of the Bomb Factory Artist Film Festival in London, while Precious and Pathetic was part of Suite 2023 at Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Hannah is a senior lecturer in the College of Creative Practice and Enterprise at Otago Polytechnic where she has taught art and design since 2007. In 2021 she was recipient of the Ako Aotearoa Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching.

*Seminars can also be accessed online via this link: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_NzU4MDc2MTYtNzM1YS00NTJmLWIzN2UtYTdhN2NmOTI5OTFj%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22450e6824-88ab-4ad2-914d-b0f385da600c%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%2248906f9c-eee2-474e-acb8-7720ac92f8fc%22%7d

Competition | National Flash Fiction Day | New Zealand 24/04/2024

Call for submissions!
Rhythm & sound: our world, our words

10 posters celebrating 10 years of Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature created in combination with Dunedin School of Art's collaboration with Otago University ART + SCIENCE exhibition, running in June/ July.

The challenge: Write a small story in response to a visual prompt from artworks supplied by local artists.

What to submit: 1-2 pieces, up to 100 words each.

Find out more: Email [email protected], with the subject line: DUNEDIN EKPHRASTIC 2024, and we’ll send more details and selected artworks as prompts.

When to submit: Between now and May 30, midnight.

more details about how to apply at

Competition | National Flash Fiction Day | New Zealand National Flash Fiction Day 2023! This year's competition runs 15 February to 30 April. Send your stories up to 300 words and see what you can do in a small space!

Artists return to their roots 11/04/2024

Coming soon to the Dunedin School of Art

Artists return to their roots Three southern wāhine are exploring their connections to Southland and celebrating Murihiku through their Southern Mother exhibition at He Waka...

Photos from Dunedin School of Art's post 09/04/2024
Photos from Dunedin School of Art's post 09/04/2024

End of First Year Rotation pop up exhibition in the Print Studio hallway. Such creativity in just four days of this studio round.!

Short Courses 09/04/2024

Learn a new skill. Only a few places left in Term 2 short courses and night classes. Find out what's on offer at the link below.

Short Courses Learn new skills for enjoyment or employment! Whether you want to upskill and don’t have time for traditional tertiary study, or you just want to learn something new for fun, we offer a wide range of short courses and night classes.

Screenprinting Night Class 09/04/2024

Secure your places now for next term's screen-printing classes with Amy Dougherty.

Screenprinting Night Class About the courseWe deal with printed images every day. Anything that is made in a reproducible format is a print: photocopies, posters, photographs, band T-shirts etc.Fine art print has been traditionally defined through the technical processes of relief, intaglio, lithography and screen printing. T...

Public Seminars Term 1, 2024 07/04/2024

This week's Thursday Lunchtime Seminar on 11 April, 12.00-1.00pm, P152*.
Joanna Osborne: Visual diffusion and spiritualist practice: A research project on three spiritualists in Aotearoa New Zealand, Minnie Chapman (1856-1949) Sophia Garland Allan (1867-1959) Berta Sinclair Burns (1893-1972)

With an emphasis on primary research processes, Joanna will share some of her findings on the practice of “spirit drawing” in early twentieth century Aotearoa New Zealand. Within a broader scope of new religious movements, histories of feminism and the arts, emerge questions that consider the international diffusion, material expression and interpretive complexities of this art as spiritual practice.

Joanna Osborne is an independent researcher in art history with interests in studies of religion and spirituality. She has a PhD from the University of Otago and was the Dunedin Public Art Gallery 2020 Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa Curatorial Intern. She has published on the work of Allie Eagle (1949-2022) and Joanna Margaret Paul (1945-2003), and is a current member of the publisher/artist group Spiral Collectives, established in 1975.

For more information about the seminar programme and streaming link please go to web page -

Public Seminars Term 1, 2024 Dunedin School of Art Seminar Programme, Term 1, 2024

03/04/2024

Visual Studies Seminar | Wednesday 10 April | BRIDIE LONIE

Storms, Frogs, and Apple Trees: Art/Science in the Work of Andrea Polli, Natalie Jeremijenko, and Frances Whitehead.

5PM, R00m F209 Puna Kawa, F Block, Otago Polytechnic, Forth Street, Dunedin

The presentation will begin promptly at 5:30 pm and run until 7 pm.

“Storms, Frogs, and Apple Trees” draws on a larger project, arising out of research undertaken by Dr Lonie during her PhD candidacy, which focuses on case studies of key artworks and exhibitions, from the 1960s to the present decade, that highlight ecology issues and the growing crisis brought about by climate change.

Andrea Polli’s work with weather, Natalie Jeremijenko’s interest in interspecies relationships, and Frances Whitehead’s concern with urban development will be discussed as examples of an interdisciplinary approach to the advent of climate change. While these artists exhibit primarily in the United States, each has presented their work in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Dr Bridie Lonie, Emeritus Member, Otago Polytechnic, is an art educator and writer. Her PhD thesis, “Closer Relations, Art, Climate Change, Interdisciplinarity and the Anthropocene,” was completed in 2018 at the University of Otago. She has published reviews and articles on art since the 1980s, including Bridie Lonie and Marilynn Webb, Marilynn Webb, Prints and Pastels, Dunedin: University of Otago Press 2003.

Public Seminars Term 1, 2024 03/04/2024

This week's Thursday lunchtime seminar, 4 April, 12.00-1.00pm, P152* | Anna McLean: Giovanni Intra: Side Effects

Giovanni Intra: Side Effects is a forthcoming exhibition at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, curated by Anna McLean, examining the inner workings of Giovanni Intra (1968-2002) as he traversed the social impacts of modern medical theory upon society. Intra was an artist, art writer, curator and gallerist working between Aotearoa New Zealand, where he grew up, and the United States. He co-founded artist-run spaces Teststrip (1992-1997) in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland and China Art Objects (1999-) in Los Angeles alongside close friends. During the 1990s, Intra formed an observational critique of Western medicine, identifying it as a substitute for religious phenomena. He identified the significance of photography and its role in medical science, particularly in pathology, the study of disease and injury. The works in Side Effects acknowledge these psychoanalytical realisations of Intra’s, proposing reconsideration and relevancy in a present-day context.

Anna Mclean is the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Ihupukutaka Kairaupī Curatorial Intern, and was a recent recipient of a Govett Brewster/Len Lye Curatorial Placement.

*Seminars can also be accessed online via link on programme page

Public Seminars Term 1, 2024 Dunedin School of Art Seminar Programme, Term 1, 2024

New Zealand artists to explore Asia opportunities 30/03/2024

Congratulations to Thomas Lord (lecturer in photography) who is one of seventeen New Zealand-based artists selected as recipients of the latest round of Asia New Zealand Foundation's Arts Practitioners Fund.
Thomas has plans to reconnect with Japan's creative community through a photography residency, research visits and industry visits. He aims to share his experience and establish collaborations between Dunedin and Asian artists.

New Zealand artists to explore Asia opportunities Seventeen New Zealand-based artists have been selected as recipients of the latest round of Asia New Zealand Foundation's Arts Practitioners Fund.

Public Seminars Term 1, 2024 26/03/2024

This week's lunchtime seminar, Thursday 28 March, 12.00-1.00pm, P152*.

Moira Fortin Cornejo: Rapa Nui oral narratives, iconographies and identities as set design

This seminar focuses on the backdrop/set design created for the main cultural festival in Easter Island, Tapati Rapa Nui. The backdrops are painted and constructed by local artists; they start in early January, and it takes them a month to complete. Designs are inspired by Rapa Nui oral narratives, locations of significance to the Rapa Nui peoples, and the work done by members of the community who have passed on. By themselves, the backdrops speak quite loudly about Rapa Nui ways of knowing and being, though they acquire another layer of significance when Rapa Nui forms of expression are performed in front of them. They foster identity, reinforce Rapa Nui iconography and visibilize oral narratives.

Moira Fortin is an actress and lecturer at Languages and Cultures at the University of Otago (Aotearoa/New Zealand). She is the author of the book Rapa Nui Theatre: Staging Indigenous Identities in Easter Island (2023), which examines the relationships between theatrical productions and socio-political aspects of Rapa Nui culture from precolonial times to the present. Moira’s research interests also relate to translation, linguistically and physically, performing in La Panamericana (2019), the Spanish version of The Motorway (2017, 2018, 2019), a bilingual and intercultural take on Cortázar’s La Autopista del Sur, investigating how the change of language affects the acting, the movement, and the overall production of the play.

More info and streaming link on seminar schedule at link.

Public Seminars Term 1, 2024 Dunedin School of Art Seminar Programme, Term 1, 2024

Brown Skin Girls : Dunedin Fringe Festival 20/03/2024

Closing night and performances tomorrow: Friday 22nd March 5pm-7pm in the Dunedin School of Art Gallery.

Otago Polyfest Dunedin Fringe Festival

Brown Skin Girls : Dunedin Fringe Festival Brown Skin Girls. Pearls of the Pacific. Portraits come to life.

Public Seminars Term 1, 2024 20/03/2024

Today's Public Seminar is CANCELLED due to sickness. We hope to reschedule next term.

Public Seminars Term 1, 2024 Dunedin School of Art Seminar Programme, Term 1, 2024

18/03/2024

Coming up on Wednesday.
Cultures, Histories, and Identities in Visual Studies Research Network seminar, Wednesday, 20 March 2024, 5-7, for a presentation by Dr Ed Hanflling, "Otago Harbour, 1978, an “intimate map” by Joanna Margaret Paul."

The seminar will take place in Room F209 Puna Kawa, F Block, Otago Polytechnic | Te Pūkenga. Refreshments will be served from 5 – 5:25 pm. The presentation will begin promptly at 5:30 pm and run until 7 pm.

https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/visualstudies/seminar/

Brown Skin Girls : Dunedin Fringe Festival 18/03/2024

Brown Skin Girls, Presented by: Rosie Roaché. @ Dunedin Dunedin Fringe Festival
Brown Skin Girls. Pearls of the Pacific. Portraits come to life.

Venue: Dunedin School of Art, Art Gallery, Riego Street (Off Albany Street), Ground Floor, P Block

Exhibition Dates: 18th March- 22nd March

Closing Night: Friday 22nd March 5pm-7pm. A showcasing of Roaché’s muses, performing Pacific cultural dances as shown in the photographs.

Gallery Hours: Monday 18th- Friday 22nd, 10AM-4PM

https://www.dunedinfringe.nz/events/brown-skin-girls?fbclid=IwAR2JJ_vQRMGP54vbX8Mz6eglNeXnEDKXETNuzNsVKkYMe2M_oFs1j4iCBAw

Brown Skin Girls : Dunedin Fringe Festival Brown Skin Girls. Pearls of the Pacific. Portraits come to life.

Public Seminars Term 1, 2024 18/03/2024

This week's lunchtime seminar, Thursday 21 March, 12.00-1.00pm, P152*.

Hana Pera Aoake: Cannibal Capitalism? On Coastal cannibals, land swallowing and actions towards repair through exchanging hau with taonga and the land.

Full Seminar Programme for Term 1 and streaming link at

Public Seminars Term 1, 2024 Dunedin School of Art Seminar Programme, Term 1, 2024

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