Tag Archives: school of fine arts

Talented UC lecturer a finalist in 2019 PANZ awards

UC’s Aaron Beehre is a finalist several times over for the Publishers Association of New Zealand PANZ Design Awards again, as he was last year, when his design of New China Eyewitness (CUP, 2017) made an almost clean sweep of the board.

Aaron is a finalist for Bonsai (CUP, 2018) in the best non-illustrated book category. He is also a finalist in both the Penguin Random House Best Illustrated Book, and Mary Egan Publishing Award for Best Typography for Us vs Them (Christchurch Art Gallery | Te Puna o Waiwhetu).  His design work is also included among the finalists in both the Scholastic New Zealand Award for Best Children’s Book, and the Edify Award for Best Educational Book for ART-TASTIC (also published by Canterbury Art Gallery).

The winners of all eight categories will be announced at a special ceremony in Auckland on Thursday 25 July.

  • Us v Them: Tony de Lautour (collector’s edition)
    By Peter Vangioni with Giovanni Intra, Peter Robinson, Zarah Stanhope, Lara Strongman and Alice Tappenden (Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū), designed by Aaron Beehre
  • Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand
    Edited by Michelle Elvy, Frankie McMillan and James Norcliffe (Canterbury University Press), designed by Aaron Beehre
    By Sarah Pepperle (Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū), cover designed by Aaron Beehre, interior designed by Aaron Beehre with Raquel Joseph, Emma Kevern and Ryan Patrick

New lecturer in Photography

It is with great pleasure that the Ilam School of Fine Arts | Te Kura Kōwaiwai announce the appointment of Conor Clarke to the position of half-time Lecturer in Photography.

Conor has spent the last decade between Berlin and Aotearoa New Zealand. During this time she has amassed an impressive body of work that blends aspects of conceptual and documentary photography practice, exploring such things as post-colonialism, ecology, and landscape representation through depicting familiar or generally overlooked objects and places.

Conor’s practice is a subtle unpicking of the role of photography today, its ability to critique inherited cultural definitions of what constitutes as nature and the way we look at it. She is represented by Two Rooms, Auckland.

Conor will join us at the start of Semester Two and we very much look forward to her joining the team and sharing her knowledge with us all.

(Image credit: Richard Wotton)

SoFA’s Steve Carr wins international photobook award

Congratulations to Fine Arts Senior Lecturer Steve Carr who has won the Australian Photobook of the Year Awards 2017 with his publication ‘Variations for Troubled Hands’.

Steve Carr is a visual artist and senior lecturer in Film at School of Fine Arts. We caught up with Steve following his win.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Q: Tell us briefly about your work
A: My work has always been about moments of magical transformation and the interrelations between performance and the lens.

Q: What does it mean to you to win this award? 
A: With about 90 publications accepted into the AUS/NZ award, it was a great honour to win the Australian Photobook of the Year Awards. The selection panel and judges are all highly regarded in the field, so it felt extra special to have that kind of acknowledgment.

Q: What was the inspiration behind the book?
A: The book presents a serial composition of a Royal NZ Ballet prodigy named Cadence in 12 parts, choreographed and performed by fingers, forearms, tendons, palms, wrists and thumbs. At once an interactive object and a performance space.

Q: How has the book been received?
A: Here is the judge’s comment: An original concept that combines performance, dance, photography and film, into a beautifully executed photo book. An emotive and meditative object that draws you in as a participant rather than just an observer.

Fine Arts – exhibition of year’s work

The School of Fine Arts invites you to come and see what their students have created over the course of the year…

The School of Fine Arts is a proud and highly regarded component of the University of Canterbury, producing over the years many artists who have gone on to make names for themselves both nationally and internationally.

Students are required to submit the studio work they have made over the course of the year.  This generally entails going into physical and mental overdrive in the last week of term to get artwork completed and clearing spaces of brown couches, moldering coffee cups and glasses from exhibition openings.

It is a V-fuelled week culminating in a pile of exhausted beings.  But the result is close to miraculous.  The School is transformed from a collection of seemingly chaotic and cluttered studio spaces to one large art gallery with enticing works at every corner.  We encourage you to come and have a look…

The SELECT exhibition is an opportunity for fourth year and postgraduate students to be part of a great event and potentially (if one of the three awardees) to become part of the UC art collection.

The exhibition opens from 5pm Tuesday 8 November (coinciding with Open Day) and runs till 8 December.  Again, we invite you to visit.

School of Fine Arts


Congratulations to Aaron Beehre – Winner of Best Cover

Congratulations to Aaron Beehre of the School of Fine Arts Design Studio for his success at the 2016 PANZ Book Design Awards.

Convening judge Odessa Owens, Programme Leader for the Whitireia Publishing Programme, was joined on the judges’ panel by Arch MacDonnell, Founder and Creative Director of Inhouse Design, and Rowan Sommerset, Illustrator and Book Designer for Dreamboat Books.

All three judges were singularly impressed by 101 Works of Art, winner of the HarperCollins Publishers Award for Best Cover, designed by Aaron Beehre.

“The cover is breath-taking and the unique folding of the dust jacket is genius, revealing triangular details of highlights from the collection. It’s also completely reversible allowing a different composition of alternative images,” said MacDonnell.

Book coverv2