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

  • Lighthouse opens on Queen’s Wharf
    14 February 2017
    Renowned contemporary artist Professor Michael Parekowhai (Ngati Whakarongo) from Elam School of Fine Arts has wowed audiences with his outstanding artworks for decades. His latest work is no exception.
  • University artists feature in headland Sculpture on the Gulf
    08 February 2017
    If you’re heading over to Waiheke Island and planning on walking this year’s sculpture trail, remember to look out for the artworks created by University of Auckland staff.
  • Staff honoured with Arts Foundation Awards
    24 November 2016
    Two members of staff from the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries have been recognised for their extraordinary talent by the Arts Foundation in this year’s awards.
  • Elam graduate wins 2016 Walters Prize
    03 October 2016
    Artist Shannon Te Ao (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) has won the New Zealand’s largest contemporary art prize worth $50,000, with work described by the judge as ‘intriguing and moving’.

Elam Events


  • 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.

  • Take a tour of Elam

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

  • Elam portfolio workshops (Creative Events, Elam Projectspace, Fine Arts) Event as iCalendar
    16 September 2017
    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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