Creative Arts and Industries students honoured with 2016 Blues awards

23 September 2016

Students from the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries were among those honoured for their achievements at the 2016 Blues Awards held on Queen’s Wharf last night.

Hosted by Mike McRoberts from TV3, the celebratory event saw the Blues for the Most Meritorious performance in Arts awarded to the 11 University of Auckland members of the New Zealand Youth Choir, which in a clean sweep won all categories - mixed choirs, art song of a particular era or style, folklore of the choir's nation and spiritual/gospel/jazz/pop, as well as the Grand Prix and a special prize for outstanding vocal culture - at the 24th Annual International Festival of Academic Choirs in the Czech Republic earlier this year.

The choir includes Creative Arts and Industries students Ella Ewen, Grace Sturgess, Natasha Wilson, Manese Latu, Samuel Downes and Amy Chun-I Chang.

A University Blue is the highest accolade to be earned at a Tertiary level, traditionally awarded for excellence in a sporting code. The award originated from the rivalry of the Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge universities in England, where the navy blue Oxford and light blue Cambridge flags displayed by the crews became a symbol of the competition between the two prestigious universities. The University of Auckland has extended the Blues Awards beyond sports to include exceptional achievement in the Arts and in Service and Leadership categories.

The full list of Blues Award winners from the Faculty of Creative Arts & Industries follows.

SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP CATEGORY:
Ivan Mouraviev
(Creative Arts and Industries/Science)
Co-established the SOMSA Recording Project, creating a mutually beneficial relationship between production students, student performers and student composers. Established the SOMSA Tutoring Network, an easy-to-use online hub for academic support and musical upskilling. Coordinates the free monthly Jazz Sessions event series hosted by Orleans at Britomart.

Kirsten Strom (Creative Arts and Industries/Arts)
Co-established the SOMSA Recording Project, creating a mutually beneficial relationship between production students, student performers and student composers; conductor of a French-speaking community choir and assistant conductor of Avondale College Orchestra. 

SPORTS CATEGORY:
Joshua Freeth
(Creative Arts and Industries) – Croquet
Placed first at the U21 Croquet World Championship in 2015.

Britney Ford (Creative Arts and Industries) - Canoe Sprint
Represented New Zealand at the U23 Canoe Sprint World Cup in Belarus competing in the K1 200m and K4 500m.

Erinna Wong (Creative Arts and Industries) – Futsal
Represented New Zealand at the FISU World University Futsal Championship in Brazil. Member of the Auckland Football Federation Women’s representative team who competed in the ASB National Women’s League in 2015.


ARTS CATEGORY:
Amy Chun-I Chang
(Creative Arts and Industries) – Voice – Choral
Samuel Downes (Creative Arts and Industries) – Voice – Choral
Ella Ewen (Creative Arts and Industries/Business) – Choral
Manase Latu (Creative Arts and Industries) – Voice – Choral
Grace Anne Sturgess (Creative Arts and Industries/Science) - Voice – Choral
Natasha Wilson (Creative Arts and Industries) – Voice – Choral
Members of the New Zealand Youth Choir who won 1st place in all categories (mixed choirs, art song of a particular era or style, folklore of the choir’s nation and spiritual/gospel/jazz/pop), Grand Prix and a special prize for outstanding vocal culture at the 24th Annual International Festival of Academic Choirs in 2016.

Linbing Chen (Creative Arts and Industries) – Architecture
Received a Highly Commended award by the Auckland Architecture Association in the conceptual category for the Aftermath of the Spectacle.

Kayla Renee Collingwood (Creative Arts and Industries) – Voice
2015 New Zealand (Rotorua) Aria finalist and 2016 Napier Aria finalist. 2015 South Auckland competition, A & E Serpell Trophy for Highest Marks Overall and Gowan Brae trophy for Highest Marks Female Competitor.

Tessa Forde (Creative Arts and Industries) – Architecture
Highly Commended at the NZIA Cadimage Group Student Design Awards and winner of the Warren Trust Awards for Architectural Writing (Open Category)

Jessie Leov (Creative Arts and Industries/Arts) – Voice.
Member of a quartet, ZEAL, who placed 3rd at the 2016 Sweet Adelines National Regional Competition and won the Novice Quartet Award. Placed 2nd at the 2016 Pan Pacific Under-25 Quartet contest and 3rd at the Sweet Adelines International Rising Star Competition.

Ryan Mahon (Creative Arts and Industries) – Architecture
Winner of the Brick Bay Folly Competition with the architectural installation ‘Daughter of the Swamp’, exhibited on the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, Snells Beach.

The Faculty of Creative Arts & Industries congratulates all the winners on their success.