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The latest news from across the galleries and the University of Auckland Art Collection.

Eden Arts Awards

July 2015

A celebration of the best work from Auckland's top four tertiary art schools will soon be held at the Gus Fisher Gallery.

The Eden Arts Art Schools Award is an annual event now in its fifth year, and 2015 is the second time it has been held at the University of Auckland. The work of students from each of Elam School of Fine Arts, Unitec, Whitecliffe and AUT will be on show at the Gallery from Tuesday 21 July - Saturday 1 August, following an invite-only award evening on Monday 20 July.

This year's Elam representatives are Tuan (Shiraz) Sadikeen (Studio 2), Selena Yuan (Studio 3), Haedum (Sunny) Noh (Studio 4) and BFA (Hons) students Ngaumu Jones and Nicholas Pound.

Sponsored by the Eden Arts Trust, the Eden Arts Art Schools Award is open to all full time undergraduate art students, and offers a total prize pool of $8000. This year's judging panelists are artists Mary-Louise Browne and Denys Watkins, along with gallerist Melanie Roger.

The Trust was formed nearly 30 years ago to promote arts in the Mt Eden area, and now supports a full calendar of events to support this.

You can find out more about the Eden Arts Trust through their website:

For more on Eden Arts Awards, click here. 
(Gus Fisher Gallery is open 10am - 5pm Tuesday - Friday, 12pm-4pm Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday.) 


Cinderella collection enters cyberspace

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Star Gossage's Prophet II

March 2015

Begun in 1966, the University Art Collection is managed by the Centre for Art Studies, and comprises nearly 2000 art works. Working with Ian Jones, Discovery Services Manager at the University Library, CAS staff have developed a new website for the collection -

The website will enable university staff and other institutions to request art for loan, and also keep up with news of recent acquisitions. Short essays written by students about art works in the collection have been added to the site, which also has biographies of artists and links to INZART, the homegrown database which hosts articles New Zealand artists and their activities.

Growing from humble beginnings – two McCahon drawings purchased from Barry Lett Galleries - the University of Auckland’s art collection is now a highly important public collection of art which is a rich resource for making exhibitions and doing research on New Zealand art. Additionally, as almost all of the collection is constantly on display, the art collection adds distinction to the university environment, creating a more engaging working environment than plain walls and bulletin boards.

Spread across the Epsom, Tamaki, Grafton and City campuses, the display of the collection allows staff, students and visitors to experience original works of art first-hand, but the website will expand this audience exponentially. Significant works already travel on loan to galleries throughout New Zealand and Australia: in 2014, 15 art works from the collection were loaned to other galleries for exhibitions from Whangarei to Wellington and images of many more were published in major monographs produced on the work of artists Mervyn Williams, Robert Ellis, Yvonne Todd and Greer Twiss.

Already in the first few months of 2015, works have been requested for loan to Auckland Art Gallery for their forthcoming Billy Apple retrospective, and paintings by John Weeks and Louise Henderson will be sent there for an exhibition on cubism which opens in May. Star Gossage’s Prophet II will join Prophet I at Pah Homestead for Associate Professor Carol Brown’s dance collaboration with Otago composer Dr Gillian Whitehead and the Northland painter later in March. With the launch of the new website in March, the University of Auckland art collection will become even better known and appreciated, and be available for study internationally.

Linda Tyler, Director, Centre for Art Studies.