Elam School of Fine Arts

Contemporary art is of critical value to how we live, posing challenging and provocative questions about how we engage with our world. Our students are not solely artists – they are creative people with a desire to disrupt the status quo. Elam is a diverse and supportive environment where all creative practitioners learn and experiment in a range of practices. The School’s importance to New Zealand art and culture is substantial, with many of the country’s most influential artists, researchers and art commentators coming from Elam.


Elam News

  • Alumnus shortlisted for significant photography prize
    07 December 2017
    Elam School of Fine Arts graduate Luke Willis Thompson has been shortlisted for the 2018 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, for a work described as having classical beauty with quiet activism.
  • Elam artists on display
    21 November 2017
    Summer is almost here and with it comes a provocative and comprehensive display of contemporary art at the annual Elam Artists Graduate Show.
  • Artist honoured with Royal Society Fellowship
    20 November 2017
    Congratulations to Professor Michael Parekowhai from Elam School of Fine Arts, who has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi, the first artist to ever receive the honour.
  • Free happy texts at Late Night Art
    05 October 2017
    During ArtWeek, look out for a small wooden pyramid, housing an artist and his mobile phone.

Elam Events

  • Elam Grad Show 2016 (Creative Events, Fine Arts, George Fraser Gallery, Elam Projectspace) Event as iCalendar
    26 November 2016 - 27 November 2016, 10am - 4pm
    The annual Elam Graduate Show is a 'must-see' event for anyone interested in the next generation of artists and creative thinkers.
  • ManCrush (Fine Arts, Exhibitions, Gus Fisher Gallery, Creative Events) Event as iCalendar
    11 November 2016 - 17 December 2016
    Elam doctoral candidate Toby Raine presents his final DocFA exhibition at the Gus Fisher Gallery.
  • Antipodean Gothic (Creative Events, Gus Fisher Gallery, Exhibitions, Fine Arts, Faculty of Arts Event Tags, Art History) Event as iCalendar
    21 September 2016 - 01 October 2016
    Art from a private collection, curated by ARTHIST734 Art Writing and Curatorial Practice
  • Spiritual Midwifery (Creative Events, Fine Arts, Exhibitions, Gus Fisher Gallery) Event as iCalendar
    21 September 2016 - 01 October 2016
    Three Louise Menzies works on display at the Gus Fisher Gallery.


  • About Elam

    A brief history of the School, and information about facilities, resources, galleries and exhibition spaces.

  • Study options

    Information on our degree programmes and how to apply to study at Elam.

  • Fine Arts academic staff

    View profiles and contact details of the teaching staff at Elam School of Fine Arts.

  • Research

    Some examples of research being undertaken by staff and students at Elam School of Fine Arts.

  • Elam Artists

    See some of the exciting work produced at Elam on the Elam Artists digital platform.

  • Take a tour of Elam

    Come in and experience the world-class studios and facilities at Elam School of Fine Arts.

  • Portfolio workshops

    Learn how to best present your application portfolio, and receive valuable feedback on your work from Elam staff.


For further information contact:
The University of Auckland Student Information Centre
Phone: 0800 61 62 63
Email: info-creative@auckland.ac.nz

Elam School of Fine Arts

Main Fine Arts Building
Building 431
Level 4, 20 Whitaker Place, Auckland

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