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

  • Top Art 2016 (Creative Events, Elam Projectspace, Fine Arts) Event as iCalendar
    06 July 2016 - 09 July 2016, 11am - 4pm
    Elam School of Fine Arts is proud to host Top Art 2016; an annual touring exhibition featuring a selection of NCEA Level 3 portfolios which achieved Excellence in Visual Art in the previous year.
  • Teaching a Butterfly to Swim (Gus Fisher Gallery, Fine Arts, Dance Studies, Creative Events) Event as iCalendar
    02 July 2016, 5:30pm
    Douglas Wright’s dance-theatre, photography by John Savage. This exhibition is presented as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography.
  • Ferreting on Ponsonby Road: Sait Akkirman (Creative Events, Fine Arts, Gus Fisher Gallery) Event as iCalendar
    02 July 2016, 5:30pm
    A selection of 50 images taken during daily walks by the photographer Sait Akkirman. This exhibition is presented as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography.
  • Celebrating Wood (Creative Events, Exhibitions, Gus Fisher Gallery, Fine Arts) Event as iCalendar
    02 July 2016, 5:30pm
    Laurence Aberhart celebrates the vernacular building material in an exhibition supplemented with wooden exhibits and displays on the conservation of trees. This exhibition is part of the Auckland Festival of Photography.


  • 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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