UC Alumna Tyne Gordon wins prestigious art award

UC Alumna Tyne Gordon, a Christchurch based artist has been chosen as the winner of the 2018 Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation Art Award from a field of over 40 applicants.

Tyne Gordon graduated from Ilam School of Fine Arts in 2015, where she studied her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Honours in painting.

Tyne recently travelled to Iceland where she investigated the liminal state between the wild and the domestic. Her work concentrates on the fusion of opposites; through colour, texture and scale.

Over the past few years Tyne has had exhibitions both in New Zealand and overseas.

The Olivia Spencer Bower award will enable Tyne to commit to a full time studio practice in 2018. She intends to use this time to experiment with new materials and approaches towards her practice.

Fact file:

  • Since 1987, the Olivia Spencer Bower Award has built a reputation as one of the most valuable and prestigious forms of sponsorship available to New Zealand artists.
  • The Art Awards offer financial assistance to promote artists more particularly emerging painters and sculptors, with emphasis on future artistic potential. 
  • The awards give the opportunity for the recipient to work for one year pursuing their own direction as a painter or sculptor, free from the necessity to seek outside employment.
  • Discover more about Olivia Spencer Bower here>

Here over summer? Tell us what you really think (and be in to win!)

If you’re sticking around over summer and have time to participate in a student focus group, we want to hear from you… 

We’re seeking feedback about how UC communicates with students. We’d like to get an understanding of things like whether our messages are reaching you and grabbing your attention.   

If you’d like to take part in the focus group please email Hannah Seeley – hannah.seeley@canterbury.ac.nz outlining when you will be available over summer and what details we can contact you on. 

The focus group is expected to take around two hours and is open to all current UC students. All participants will go in the draw to win one of four $50 University Bookshop vouchers.

Summer Small Group Training is here – get in now!

Are you looking for a short, sweet hit of exercise to get you moving through the silly season?  The RecCentre has just the answer, in our popular SGT courses for summer.

Getting started is the hard part.  As humans, doing anything uncomfortable is, well, uncomfortable.  If it’s too hard, we will easily find a way to not do it.   Exercise is no different.  It’s all too easy to plan to do your exercise and then when something else comes up, it’s the first thing to be dropped.  The funny thing is, once you get over the starting phase and start to see results, and feel the benefits, you’ll begin to look forward to your exercise and it will feel comfortable and easy.  You’ll also prioritise it, but how do we get to that point?

Well, there are lots of ways.  One really good way is to join a group of like-minded individuals and meet every week at the same time for your exercise hit. The Small Group Training courses on offer at the RecCentre offer this, in addition to qualified and experienced instructors to ensure you get off to a great start. Anyone can partake, but being a RecCentre member gets you discounts off our already below market prices. 

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So, if you’d like to get a head start on the silly season, and maybe learn something new or meet some new people, head over to our SGT webpages for more information.  We’ve got five different courses ready to go for summer, including Barre, Boxing, Boxing Plus,  and Bootcamp. All courses are four weeks, starting the week beginning 20 November. It’s just one session per week, except Bootcamp which is two, but we reckon you’ll be so motivated so quickly you’ll add a few more sessions in between.

What are you waiting for?  Courses start at just $30 for members, so head to our website to check out the details or call into reception to register for your spot now!

Happy Summer!
UC RecCentre

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