Students’ best work makes Contact

Students’ best work makes Contact

Art & Design students showed off their best at the opening of CPIT’s annual Contact Week on Wednesday. Contact kicked off with artist talks, followed by an awards ceremony and student exhibition opening at the Madras Street Campus.

Four awards were presented by businesses AMP, Gordon Harris and The Drawing Room to students from CPIT’s design and photography programmes.


 Grace Gunkel took out the top design award, winning $1000 from AMP.

Third year student Grace Gunkel took out the top prize - the $1000 AMP Art Award. Her mixed-media printed glass box will also be added to AMP’s collection, on show in their offices.

All prize winners’ pieces and other student works are on exhibition for public viewing in the Rakaia Atrium until August 14.

The Contact Week competition and exhibition is designed to create a creative focus for mid-winter and kick-off Semester Two, Bruce Russell, Art & Design Manager at CPIT explains.

“It’s a great opportunity for our students to get re-energized and for the public to engage with their work,” he says.


The Drawing Room Award for Traditional Media went to Lilly Maetzig. Photo by: Stefan Roberts . 

As part of the week, prospective students who are interested in art and design, along with current students’ friends and family, are invited to explore CPIT’s facilities during an Open Studio Day this Saturday August 3 from 10am to 2pm.

The week culminates with the opening of a graduate exhibition ‘Perform’ at Form Gallery on the corner of Colombo and Byron Streets until August 29. Work from this exhibition spans digital media, photography, mixed media and sculpture and presents a unique opportunity to see and buy work from a new generation of young artists.

List of Award Winners

  • AMP Art Award, First Place, $1000: Grace Gunkel, mixed media.
  • AMP Art Award, Second place, $500: Jessica Slattery, photography.
  • Drawing Room Award for Traditional Media, $500 voucher: Lilly Maetzig, embroidery.
  • Gordon Harris Award for New Media, $500 voucher: Jim Huang, photography (blurred colours).
  • Noelene McIlroy annual prize, $1,100: Tepene Marsden, video and animation and Holly Ross, visual arts.