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

  • What would Lola think?
    08 August 2017
    Lola Tunbridge and her mother Henrietta were both passionate watercolour painters. So much so that when Lola died in 1999 she left a generous bequest to establish a scholarship to ‘foster interest in New Zealand watercolour’.
  • Elam artist wins Glaister Ennor Award
    20 June 2017
    An obsession with tactile surfaces coupled with a desire to find fresh ways to meaningfully connect with place, formed part of the impetus behind a winning artwork by Elam School of Fine Arts graduate Jordan Davey-Emms.
  • Arresting images win photography award
    25 May 2017
    A diptych of ‘arresting’ images, taken in Austria by an architecture student from the University of Auckland has won the 2017 Simon Devitt Award for Photography.
  • Distinguished Alumni Award recognises talented artist
    02 March 2017
    Lisa Reihana has been named as a 2017 Distinguished Alumni by the University of Auckland, in recognition of her outstanding achievement in the field of fine arts.

Elam Events

  • Courses and Careers Day (Creative Events, Dance Studies, Architecture and Planning, Fine Arts, Music) Event as iCalendar
    27 August 2016, 9am - 3:30pm
    Welcome to Creative Arts and Industries. Come along to meet our staff and students and find out more about what you will study, how to get in and the career opportunities available when you graduate.
  • Summer Research Pecha Kucha (Music, Creative Events, Dance Studies, Architecture and Planning, Fine Arts) Event as iCalendar
    21 July 2016, 6 - 8pm
    Summer Research Scholarships are a great way to gain valuable research experience. Previous student scholars share their experience and answer your questions about the programme and postgraduate study.
  • Wang Dongling exhibition (Creative Events, Gus Fisher Gallery, Fine Arts, Exhibitions) Event as iCalendar
    08 July 2016 - 06 August 2016
    A master of traditional Chinese calligraphy Wang Dongling will present a solo show of work at Gus Fisher Gallery. His contemporary work frees the marks from visual meaning, extracting its abstracted potential and aligning his practice with the experimental ink movement of the 1990s.
  • He Piko, He Taniwha (Creative Events, Fine Arts, George Fraser Gallery) Event as iCalendar
    06 July 2016 - 16 July 2016
    Student exhibition held at George Fraser Gallery, exploring how one can hold on to their colonial traditions while living away from their cultural origins.


  • 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.

  • 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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