Blues Awards recognise students’ exceptional achievements

03 October 2017
Award for the Most Meritorious Performance winner, Sarah Foster-Sproull.
Chancellor Scott St John with Sarah Foster-Sproull, who received the Blues for the Most Meritorious Performance in Arts and Culture

The Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries congratulates all our students who have been recognised in this year’s Blues Awards.

A University Blue is the highest accolade to be earned at tertiary level and is traditionally awarded for excellence in a sporting code. The University of Auckland has extended the Blues Awards beyond sports to include exceptional achievement in the categories of arts and service and leadership.

Over a hundred Blues were awarded on Friday night, including the Blues for the Most Meritorious Performance in Arts and Culture, which was given to dance choreographer Sarah Foster-Sproull. Sarah has been awarded Creative New Zealand's highest honour for a choreographer, the CNZ Choreographic Fellowship. This fellowship provides her with $100,000 to pursue a rigorous programme of dance related events over two years, and to promote her creative work internationally.

The full list of Blues Award winners from the Faculty of Creative Arts & Industries follows:

Arts and Cultural:

Brooke Bardell-Munro - Masters of Architecture (Professional)
Brook’s achievements include winning first prize at the 2016 New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Cadimage Group Student Design Awards as well as being a gold pin winner in the 2016 Best Awards both in the student spatial category and as a Future Islands exhibition contributor.

Taylor Chan - Masters of Architecture (Professional)
Taylor’s achievements include winning the Dulux Colour Awards 2017 for his conceptual project called Carrara Baths. His final-year thesis project, Auckland Harbour Board Re-imagined, was also a Spatial Category finalist in the Best Awards 2016 and a student finalist at the design-led Interior Awards.

Linda Dallimore - Masters of Music, Composition
Linda’s achievements include her orchestral work being premiered by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra at the Auckland Town Hall. She also participated in the 2017 Aspen Music Festival.

Sarah Foster-Sproull - Masters in Dance Studies
Most Meritorious Performance in Arts and Culture: Sarah’s achievements include being awarded the Creative New Zealand's Choreographic Fellowship worth $100,000 to pursue a rigorous programme of dance-related events over two years and promote creative work internationally.

Chirag Jindal - Masters of Architecture (Professional)
Chirag’s achievements include their thesis work titled Into the Underworld: The Architecture of Katabasis being  a category winner in the Best Design Awards 2016, a finalist in the Auckland Architecture Association Awards, a finalist in the World Landscape Architecture Awards and a finalist in the World Illustration Awards.

Yinan Liu - Masters of Architecture (Professional)
Yinan’s achievements include being a designer and programmer for the performance work Singularity: A live study into human interaction and environmental responsiveness of haptic-digital spaces, which was on show at the Q Theatre and has gathered attention locally and internationally. Singularity was recently performed at the Ars Electronica festival in Austria.

Clovis McEvoy – Bachelor of Music (Honours)
Clovis’ achievements include her original composition, Flâneur, being selected for the Ensemble Mise-En Music Festival in New York City and the Forum Wallis Swiss Contemporary Music Festival in Switzerland.

Amanda Megayanti Wijaya – Master of Architecture (Professional)
Amanda’s achievements include winning the 2017 New Zealand Wood Resene Timber Design Awards in the Innovation of Student Design award category for her Marking the Journey of Tatau project.

Elliott Morgan
- Master of Architecture (Professional)
Elliott’s achievements include their thesis project, Morphosis of Social Conscience, being named the 2017 Interior Awards student winner, the Stephenson and Turner prize winner for visual communication as well as being a finalist at the New Zealand Institute of Architect's Central Innovation Student Design Awards.

Xavier Muao Breed - Postgraduate Diploma in Dance Studies
Xavier’s achievements include receiving the DANZ Dance New Zealand Emerging Choreographer Award. He also created two pieces of choreography for the Short+Sweet dance festival which were awarded the People's Choice Award.

Joshua Pearson - Bachelor of Music, Composition
Joshua’s achievements include being selected for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s Todd Corporation Young Composer Awards and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is set to perform his orchestra piece, Keratoconus.

Kirsten Strom - Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music
Kirsten’s achievements include her music composition piece Ice being selected for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s Todd Corporation Young Composers Awards 2017 and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s Our Voice project.

Kate Turner - Master of Architecture (Professional)
Kate’s achievements include her thesis project, The Fictional Generator, winning the 2016 Stephenson and Turner Prize, plus the student category of the 2016 Interior Awards and she was awarded a gold pin in the 2016 Best Awards student category.

Hannah Valentine - Master of Fine Arts
Hannah’s achievements include being the recipient of the 2016 Iris Fisher Scholarship recognising an emerging contemporary artist from New Zealand. She was also selected to exhibit at Te Tuhi as a commission for their Drawing Wall project, plus was selected as an artist in residence at the Te Arerenga Residency Space, and was recently a finalist in the National Contemporary Art Awards.


Nicholas Kazunari Rowsby - Bachelor of Architectural Studies
Nicholas’ achievements include winning gold at the 2017 New Zealand Open Karate Championships in both the U21 premier male kata and 16+ senior premier male kata divisions. Nicholas also won bronze at the 2016 Oceania Karate Championships in both the U21 premier male kata and 16+ senior premier male kata divisions.

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