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FUTURE BUILDING OR THE ART OF LIVING CREATIVELY Papakura Art Gallery 13.10.12 - 17.11.12

INTRODUCTION In 2007 the MIT School of Visual Arts commenced production of an annual graduate yearbook. The grad-book, provided final year students with an opportunity to publish a single, representative image of their work, along with their contact details as a first promotion of each year’s completing cohort. This work has generated a database that now provides the starting point for the exhibition Future Building or The Art of Living Creatively. Each graduate was sent a simple invitation to update the School on their activities since graduating and if appropriate, to present some new creative work in an exhibition context. The work might be generated by their

current employment or arise out of an independent practice. Working with those who replied, we have put together an exhibition and publication that represents the post-graduation activities of twenty students from the past five years of degree delivery at the MIT School of Visual Arts. We have also included in the exhibition, one student who is yet to graduate. Julie Layzell is in the final few weeks of her degree studies and is sharply focused on producing a series of photographic images that will connect her to the world of food styling and photography. Her images are underpinned by an understanding of

painting’s vanitas tradition and its knowledge that all things collapse toward corruption and decay, even the food we eat. Layzell’s work seeks to apply the discipline of academic research to the production of commercially viable outcomes, an interest she shares with many of the School’s graduates.

underpopulated areas. He notes in correspondence that he finds himself applying the research and problem solving skills he learned in art school to the situations he encounters in his advisory work. Art school taught him how to see a thing from multiple points of view.

Sho Wada’s postgraduation activities amply demonstrate the value creative arts graduates bring to disciplines and needs beyond the creative sector. Wada, an international student who returned to Japan at the completion of his studies is now employed in Kyuragi, Karatsu, Saga prefecture as an advisor for revitalizing

The successful art school graduate knows how to communicate with an audience. They are able to make their work and understand its likely reception from a variety of perspectives. The best practitioners see and process the world around them and then report back their findings in ways that shift how you or I see the things we thought we knew.

Their ability to process the world around them creatively and with a view to producing an output is a transferable skill. You can use it to make art, design logos, run a classroom or manage a business and perhaps that’s why increasingly and usefully, courses in creativity and the creative arts are appearing in an individual business student’s programme of study – just as Business Studies is increasingly a subject in a Creative Arts degree. This growing connection between the Creative Arts and the world of business has informed a shift in degree delivery over the past five years at the School of Visual Arts toward the production of applied outcomes, work

that can transition into the broad market place as either a product or service. A number of the graduates in Future Building credit the degree with helping them understand their strengths in the field of visual arts. Having done that, they then needed to find a way to utilise those skills in a professional context. Sarah Dufty for example knew she was best when she worked with texture and form and moved into the field of floral art as a way to explore her abilities, bring pleasure and beauty into everyday life and to make the dollars we all need to live full and happy lives. She now manages a floristry store and operates her own online business

specialising in wedding flowers. It’s the kind of dual approach to income planning that a number of our graduates now pursue. Perhaps once, attending an art school was a luxury, something that was nice to do but in the end a personal pleasure. This is no longer the case. The students who apply to our programmes today know they are good at art and want to devote those abilities to making a living; they want to graduate with a career in their sights. To support those hopes we have embedded in our programmes Business Studies courses, internships and further opportunities to engage with industry and the marketplace.

The exhibition Future Building or The Art of Living Creatively, demonstrates that our graduates are forging career pathways for themselves. It also makes public the School’s commitment to supporting them and all our students in achieving the outcomes they require to support their families and contribute to the wealth of the communities they shape. Grant Thompson Head of School, Visual Arts Manukau Institute of Technology


I graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2008. During my studies I discovered that I was particularly interested in colour and form and, with a desire to work for myself, I began a course

in floristry at the Manukau Institute of Technology. I gained advanced level qualifications in floristry and now manage a florist shop and have my own online floristry business specalizing in

weddings. The visual arts degree provided me with a strong foundation with which to explore composition and design in the creation of floral art. SiennaRoseFlowers


I have been heavily involved in Artstation’s Youth Art Committee since its inception in 2010. As a committee, we strive to create a supportive and exciting environment in which to promote young artists and their work. We have curated a number of group shows and run the window exhibition space side way which is situated in the Artstation building. Through my studies at MSVA, I have

been able to seek out and align myself with a group of like-minded people which has enabled me to create opportunities for not only others, but has also strengthened my own personal practice.

have shown my first body of solo work at side way. I have also forged a strong collaborative partnership with a peer I met during my time at MSVA which continues to expand my own practice.

Through the contacts I made at MSVA (with both tutors and peers), I have been invited to show in group exhibitions, had the opportunity to co-curate a show at Uxbridge, and

Alongside this, I keep a full time job at a book bindery called Bound To Last. I was able to secure this job through the work and contacts I made while in my final year at MSVA.

I attribute a lot of the projects I have been involved in, to my time spent at MSVA. I made valuable connections with people and learnt how to develop and communicate my ideas effectively, which has led to numerous collaborations and exhibition opportunities.


CASEY VAN LIEFDE During my time at MSVA I majored in Moving Image, thinking that was the direction in which I wanted to go, but it appeared the universe had different ideas for me and through my qualifications as a Moving Image graduate I was able to land a job working with internationally renowned photographer Sue Bryce. To cut a long story short, I moved to Melbourne where Sue was based and started working along side her videoing photo shoots and editing the material to go on her website. It was quite a struggle in Melbourne so we then packed up and moved to the Gold Coast and set up a studio in a high rise apartment. I expanded my skills by learning makeup (which came quite naturally to me after taking numerous life drawing and painting classes at uni), and I began to do all the

makeup for the shoots as well as filming and editing the odd one. Things were still a constant financial struggle for us both and at the end of 2009 Sue decided she’d had enough and wanted to go back to Melbourne and give it another go. It was at that stage that I decided that I’d had enough of travelling and setting up, I loved the Gold Coast and I now had the skills to start my own business. So within 2 weeks Sue trained me in posing, lighting and photoshop, all elements I picked up very quickly as it was already in my blood from MSVA. I found a little cottage with a separate single garage that had been converted into an office, well in my case my first studio! My first year in business was a huge struggle, being so young and fresh at not only running a business but

doing a job in which was still quite new to me. But I survived and it has only got better. For the first two years I worked completely alone. I did the marketing (design included) hair and makeup, the photography, the editing, the sales, the ordering and packaging. I was even able to get my own website going, as all of these skills I had learnt in some way or another, during my time at MSVA. Of course a lot of my knowledge and success has come from hard work, perseverance and gaining more experience within the industry and I know without a doubt it will continue.

to run my first business which specialises in Contemporary Glamour Photography. I still have a long road ahead to reach the level that I would like to be at, but the best thing for me is that I get to do a job that isn’t a job at all! This is my passion, this is my hobby and even if I had millions of dollars I would not stop doing it! When I enrolled at MSVA I followed my heart as Art has always been my passion. It was never about the money or success. But I truly believe that if you follow your heart and do what you love in life, then those things will just come naturally. And the best part is its FUN!

I now have a part time assistant and business partner with whom I am starting a new photography business that focuses on photographing family, children and new-borns. VanLiefdePortraitPhotography I will continue


My name is Evelyn Kawiti. I studied for a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Manukau Institute of Technology in 2005, graduating in 2009. I have since entered up to 5 art exhibitions a year with two successful solo exhibitions. My work is currently showing in Estonia, Europe at their Drawing Triennial. I received a merit award for the year 2009.

I made a video for a performance review assessment as part of my current fulltime employment at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, having taken up photography classes at Nathan Homestead, Manurewa.

2012. I have sold many and started my own blog works at two galleries and Artists in Aotearoa. during exhibitions. My works comprise drawing Naku na, on mixed media and paper. Evelyn Google my name “Evelyn Kawiti”

Facebook Evelyn Kawiti’s page - my works are I completed a print showcased on my page workshop at Artstation, and today I linked up Ponsonby on 30 September with Matakite Maori Arts


After finishing my visual art’s degree, I was able to secure a job as a Theatre Production Assistant in Melbourne. Due to the vital skills I had learned at MSVA in sculpture and

installation, it served as solid foundation to start a career in theatre and set design. In theatre, we are always faced with new challenges and sometimescrazy requests, however

my time at MSVA has fostered this ability to work with new materials, push boundaries and yet stay well within the parameters of OH&S regulations.



I am very privileged to have had the opportunity to go to art school. Now that I am nearing the completion of my fourth year at Manukau School of Visual Arts, I can see that this has opened my eyes to a world of visual opportunity. Once I graduate I plan on

becoming a successful commercially based photographer, further perfecting my skills base here in New Zealand and around the world. Currently, in this final semester body of work, I employ common classical

forms of the vanitas images that concentrate on fruit and decay. The traditional paintings I am drawing from attempt to create a form of perfection, while on closer inspection we see the tiny flaws of infestation and decay. I replicate this

ideology with a sense of displacement bleaching impeccability into my subjects via paint. This creates a disruption amongst the purity of the white composition. julie-layzell


I became interested in computer programming after experimenting with an open source programming language during my last project at MSVA, so I went to Media Design School and studied

a Diploma in Digital Media to further my skills. I am now a Frontend web designer and web developer and am employed with a marketing and digital company called

Unity Id in Newton. I also work on freelance projects in my spare time as well as working at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts as a Duty Supervisor occasionally.

I am an artist /researcher/ teacher. Following my graduation, I completed a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education with Distinction. I am persuing a degree in Master of Education at the moment.

As an artist, my practice is influenced by my role as a researcher, visual arts teacher, science teacher, and environmental educator. My science degree, visual arts degree, and my education training have given me a rich grounding as a practicing artist.

As a qualitative researcher, my research is underpinned by the theoretical and epistemology groundings of a/r/tography, duoethnography, narrative enquiry and poetic enquiry. My research is about the possibilities of integrating education for sustainability into academic visual

and performing arts programme. As a trained teacher, I teach visual arts, science and environmental science.


Since graduating I have had a number of art exhibitions in my local community of South Auckland at both the Mangere Arts Centre and Nathan Homestead galleries. These exhibitions have provided me with the opportunity to exhibit my drawing works internationally with a show

in Frankfurt, Germany in October. In my drawings I create portraits of notable people as well as local people from my community through the use of text and imagery. The words are created in a way in which people will eventually recognize

the face of the person being drawn, evoking the value and essence of the individual. Studying the bachelor of visual arts has helped me to develop and learn different skills and experimentation with different media’s. It has also developed my knowledge through contextual studies learning

about the history of art/artists and gaining confidence to be able to present in front of an audience. francis-pesamino-to-exhibittypography-art-in-germany/ bt9/378/2.html



Since graduating I have been very busy with making work and curating shows. As a founding member of Youth Art Committee, who create opportunities to engage, excite and empower young creatives in the arts, I have helped to curate a few shows and we also set up and run a space called side way in an unused window at Artstation. I also curated a show with my peers

from MSVA at Uxbridge. In 2011 I did a lot of volunteer work at galleries and was a tour guide at Waiheke’s Sculpture on the Gulf which allowed me to make some good contacts. I’ve participated in various group shows, have had one solo show (at side way), and have made outdoor installation based work with my peer Jessamyn Gemming. For the past year and a half I have been

teaching children’s art classes through a company called Fine Young Artists and I have also been working as a receptionist at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts which has also allowed me to meet other arts professionals. I wouldn’t have been able to get where I have without studying at MSVA. The most important skills I gained were learning how

to develop my ideas as an artist, and how to talk and learn about contemporary art. Other things, such as how the art world works, are things I have learnt since leaving art school. I also made many valuable contacts at art school both peers and tutors.

I have made a gradual with other students of return to my textile origins. MSVA, Currently I am preparing entries for a In 2012 I participated in Creative Fibre Exhibition, a Mixed Media pop-up Silk a Touch of Luxury, gallery, in Clevedon, Lake House Art Gallery, South Auckland. Inclusion Takapuna. I feel I approach in this event was because my work differently of contact maintained since my sojourn at

MSVA. Everything is an experiment and there are no failures, only lessons to be learnt.


Kia ora my name is Candice Stock and I am a Maori, Disabled, Contemporary Artist. I am passionate about using self-portraiture as a cathartic release of emotion. I am a Maori of mixed decent and I

was born and raised in South Auckland. I am Currently studying at The University of Auckland Faculty of Education attaining my Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching. My studies at MSVA have helped me

to gain experience and the development of my knowledge that has helped art practice. me to preform on an international level within the art world. The teachers are very understanding and resourceful and they made running-in-the-starlight my studies challenging, exciting and essential to exhibition/candice-stock


Leaving University as a qualified Designer definitely made me that much more valuable in the industry. The skills and knowledge that I took

with me helped me grow as a individual and made me the perfect fit in the ‘real world’. Starting from the bottom of the ladder, I learnt and worked my

way to becoming the Head of Design and Production Manager at a growing firm in the Signage Industry. Now that I am dealing with worldwide brands and well

recognised corporations I have come to a realisation that nothing is impossible. Go for it – sky’s the limit.


Since I graduated from MSVA with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2009. I completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary School Teaching in 2010.

While I was studying at MSVA I already had an idea to teach in a local high school so during an internship project in my final year I visited my

local high school which is Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate. This gave me the chance to get a feel for teaching and also to build a relationship with the

teachers. This obviously helped me because I am now one of the two art teachers here a SEHC.


A few years back I decided if I wanted to make art for a living I would have to start my own business. I stumbled across another like minded photographer who had the same vision. We started a business

called PoppyMoss Photography and we specialise in Weddings and Portraits.

believe I have learnt more on the job - Art school gave me that grounding to build on. Having the facilities to borrow I believe art school helped equipment and spend all me zone in on my technical night in the darkroom skills. Even though I helped me learn so much. PoppyMoss-Photography/ 149611328430988

KATRINA SARAH wALKER-HOLT wILCOX Since graduating in 2010 I have been invited to present work in numerous exhibits and galleries that has given me exposure to both national and international audiences. Earlier this year, I was invited to present a solo exhibition of my graduate work and subsequent pieces in conjunction with Jemposium (Jewellery Symposium) in Wellington. This was an excellent opportunity and privilege to introduce my work to the wider Contemporary jewellery and Visual art communities. Just

recently my work has also been included in Galerie Marzee ‘Presentation Winners Marzee Graduate Prize 2011 ‘Work in Progress’ in The Netherlands and in 2011 I won the New Zealand Jewellery Show, Contemporary Jewellery section award at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington. These opportunities have encouraged me to conscientiously push my practice forward, keep making and continue to create work that is ‘true to myself’ and my ideas. It has been extremely

busy and fulfilling and I like to think that this is just the beginning. Later on this year I will be collaborating with two other jewellers at The National Jewellery Gallery in Christchurch and in early 2013 exhibiting as a guest artist of the Suter Art Society at the Suter Gallery, Nelson. These opportunities have transpired from the excellent mentoring and support that I have been given through the relationships I developed with MSVA and the wider Contemporary Jewellery

community that I was encouraged to engage with while studying. The skills that MSVA have helped me to develop are more than just artist techniques and concepts, they taught me how to present myself professionally and continue my practice so that it has become a way of life. Completed a postgraduate diploma in secondary teaching the year after my degree completed at MSVA. www.sarahwalker-holt.

Spent a year relieving teaching juniors, and

Special Needs students Art at different high schools in Auckland. Currently teaching Art; Photography, Design, Painting to senior students at a small local school.

Just received a contract to teach Graphics, Social studies, and senior Art next year – very lucky! In my spare time I draw diagrams about my teaching experiences.

I have also initiated a local seasonal art show for young adults.



I am working as an adviser for revitalizing underpopulated area in Karatsu, Saga prefecture where it is far from Tokyo. In Japan, local area and small town have a lot of ‘depopulation’ problems. As young people tend to move to big city, economy of local area is declining. Shops are closing, School is closing, and there is

less employment so more and more, younger people and families move to a ‘convenient’ city area for work or for school. As a result, most of the people who remain are old people. Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has started to employ and

send people to these areas to help improve their situation in local areas. I am one of the members of this project since 2011. As I do this job, I realized that when I plan some project, I think and see a thing from many points of view. That is exactly the thing which MSVA taught me through the programs.

Also I design the packages of products. It really reminds me of when I study art at school. At the end of this September, about 100 administrative officers from around Japan will come to see my projects.

I was very lucky to be awarded the top jewellery prize at the end of my degree. This enabled me to exhibit at Fingers Gallery. This exposure gave me many opportunities for

exhibitions to follow. The school also provided me with use of the studio for the first year, this was a great help as I slowy set up my own studio. The past three years have

gone very well and at the moment I am very lucky to be involved in a selected group of emerging jewellers in a mentoring exhibiting group called ‘Handshake’.


Ka rere tāku titiro ki te maunga I tu mai ra, ko Taranaki

My name is Sokpart Pao and I did the Bachelors of Visual Arts at MSVA, majoring in Design. Thanks to the classes and tutors I was inspired to become a creative thinker. Which then lead me into Advertising – I studied a further year in creative advertising

after MSVA. At first I wanted to become an Art Director but later found a new passion in creative writing and ideas. Now after four years in the Advertising industry I’m currently working as a Creative/Copywriter at a well-established

agency in Auckland. My work has been noticed internationally and I’ve won a number of awards. Outside from work I still draw a lot, doing portraits for friends and family. My passion for great ideas continues to grow and I thank MSVA

for starting my creative journey. JakeSokpart https://khmerking.

Ka titiro ia te whenua o Ngāti Tanewai me Ngāti Tupaia hoki, tokurua ngā hapū o Tangahoe.

local community groups and Puke Ariki Museum where by my art skills have been put to use in Ka titiro whakararo ki different ways. ngā awa, Tangahoe me Ko Vivienne Hohaia I have also had some of Waingongoroa, i rere ana tōku ingoa my pieces included in ki te Tangaroa the book: Following my graduation Taranaki Fortunes, Lost Papaki kau ana ki te in 2008, my aim was to and Won. Written by paepae o te Whare Tupuna, return to my family home Goldsmith, Susette (ed) Ko Te Oha o te Matua in Taranaki and exhibit Puke Ariki, New Plymouth me te marae o Wharepuni my work- this has been District Council, TSB hoki. achieved over the last four Community Trust 2009. years. Artist find it difficult In 2009 I attended Massey I runga i tēnei whare, he to find employment and University, Palmerston tekoteko often move out of the area and studied my Post Grad however I am involved in Diploma in Māori

Visual Arts. I am currently in the next phase of my art life/plan where it’s back to drawing board. I am currently working on an exhibition where it will include my grandmothers, her daughters, her granddaughters and her great granddaughters art work. The plan is to hold this display on our family marae in 2013.



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