Fresh, Juicy, Local... new seasons crop from Whitireia and Origins

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This summer, graduating visual arts students are exhibiting their diverse harvest in Fresh, Juicy, Local..., an expression of each artist's unique creative approach. Media range from printmaking to contemporary jewellery, knife making and sculpture to painting, bookmaking and carving to clay works and from drawings to installations and fabric creations. Students celebrate a variety of backgrounds, ages, cultures and styles. The many themes include personal journeys, communication, environmental and political concerns and specific viewpoints. Each student's work is a result of a year of learning, research, skill and design development, and the refinement of ideas, culminating in creative design.

The annual Origins exhibition of work from level four and five students will be opening on the 16 November 2001 and will be on display until 9 December, in the Pataka Community Gallery. For Origins, students research their own cultural and personal backgrounds, developing their stories through uniquely expressive art works.

Visual Arts Programme Manager, Rozel Pharazyn, says the variety of works available for exhibition will be very broad, with as many styles as there are students, "which is what we're proud to foster at Whitireia. You can't identify Whitireia work automatically. Our job is to get each student's work to be the best it can be, not to have a Whitireia 'stamp.'"

Both Porirua and Kāpiti campuses draw from local communities. Discussion and interaction amongst and between students of different levels, creates supportive environments where creativity flourishes. Graduating students from level seven receive the Advanced National Diploma in Visual Arts. Level six students will be completing the two-year National Diploma in Visual Arts; level four students receive the National Certificate in Visual Arts.

Many of the works in Fresh, Juicy, Local... and Origins will be for sale. This is widely considered an opportunity to invest in emerging artists, to appreciate original art in your home or enjoy skillfully crafted wearable sculptures by Whitireia jewellers. Come to Pataka, Porirua Museum of Arts & Cultures between 16 November and 14 February for a visual feast.

Fresh, Juicy, Local...
30 November 2001 to 14 February 2002 
16 November to 9 December 2001 
Pataka, Porirua Museum of Arts & Cultures