Best Art Folios and Future Island

Photography by Te Puke High School student Lochie Barton.

A celebration of the region's secondary school artistic talent has opened at the Tauranga Education Studio.

The best art folio boards, showcasing local secondary school students, will be on display until January 14, 2018.

The exhibition features more than 30 works produced by students from Papamoa College, Mount Maunganui College, Katikati College, Tauranga Girls' College, Tauranga Boys' College, Otumoetai College, Te Puke High School, Bethlehem College, and Aquinas College.

The boards were created as part of the students' National Certificate of Educational Achievement in Visual Art studies during 2017.

Also in January there will be an opportunity to see “Future Islands”, New Zealand's official entry into the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.

It's a story about New Zealand, told through 55 architectural projects on 22 island-like forms, floating through the gallery space. The exhibition presents real and imagined projects that show the diversity of our architecture and the exciting possibilities for architectural adventure in our fast-changing world. 

Produced by a creative team led by Charles Walker of AUT and Kathy Waghorn of the University of Auckland, Future Islands was an evocative and lyrical presence at the world's leading architecture event.

Future Islands is about the practice and promise of architecture in this country – a small, open society that is diverse, changing and economically and seismically vulnerable. In the exhibition, a grouping of floating forms – light, tough shells fabricated by a boat-building company – occupy a sea of space.

It is designed as a navigational experience; an installation to be moved through. Visitors are free to make their own inter-island connections – there's no prescribed route. Future Islands is on from January 20 to March 18.



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