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Wintec School of Media Arts opens doors for another action-packed Creative Showcase

Image: Third year Bachelor of Design students are involved in turning the campus studio into exhibition spaces to share their final year’s work with friends, whānau and the community. They’re pictured taking a break from prepping and priming the walls ready for the opening preview on Thursday, 16 November at 4.30pm. 

Wintec | Te Pūkenga Media Arts ākonga are extremely excited to share their creative work this year. Graduating Art and Design, Communication, and Music and Performing Arts students will display their work at multiple events during 15-25 November. 

This year's events include a theatre performance of The Drowsy Chaperone, music and performance evenings and a graduate exhibition.

The showcase is a window into the creativity of Media Arts ākonga (students) from across the disciplines and these events celebrate this fresh talent and hard work in front of an audience of peers, whānau and the wider community.

Wintec Group Director, School of Media Arts, Sam Cunnane says the annual showcase offers a glimpse into what's going on behind the scenes. 

“We’re really proud of our ākonga who have this opportunity to share with their community the mahi they’ve worked on for the past three years, culminating in outcomes that demonstrates they are ready for the next step of their creative journey.”

This year, ākonga have led the development of the showcase. Third year visual communication students were challenged to come up with a suite of branding for the end of year shows and how they might be presented across a range of applications, from posters, digital event and social media. These were narrowed down to the top three before being selected by kamahi (staff).

Graduating design student Chili Matson’s fresh take was applauded, and she has now had the experience of rolling out an entire campaign.

She says it was surprising how much time and consideration goes into rolling out a project. “Many people work behind the scenes and collaborate on jobs to help see this project through. I'm very thankful to my tutors Luke and Elgee for helping with some of the final touches - it is very exciting to have a project I've designed come to life and be chosen for such a momentous occasion.”

The events will be held at the Wintec | Te Pūkenga Hamilton campus and the Meteor Theatre and are open for friends, family and the public.

Image: Chili Matson’s event designs were selected for the promotions of the 2023 Creative Showcase. "The development of this project has allowed me to fully extend my skills when it comes to branding - to see a project through from start to finish”, she says. 

Event details: 

Music Performance
Date and time: 15 November, 7pm
Venue: The Meteor Theatre 

Media, Art and Design Graduate Exhibition  
Opening Night: 16 November, 4.30pm-9pm
Gallery open: 17 November, 10am-2pm
Venue: R, X Block, Ramp Gallery, Hamilton City Campus

Orchestra Extravaganza
Date and time: 16 November, 8pm
Venue: The Meteor Theatre

Theatre Character Cabarets
Date and time: 17 November, 7pm
Venue: The Meteor Theatre

The Drowsy Chaperone - The Broadway Musical
Dates and times:
23-25 November, 7.30pm
25 November, 2pm
Venue: The Meteor Theatre 
Tickets: $20

Te Ara Pūtake Exhibition
Date and time: 23 November, 5pm
Venue: R Block, Hamilton City Campus

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