Art festival to blow you away

Last updated 05:00 09/11/2012
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ON SHOW: Siliga Setoga, one of the three Pasifika artists exhibiting their work in The Engine Room.

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Emerging art and design talent will be on display at the sixth annual Blow Cultural Art Festival at Massey University.

More than 370 graduating creative arts students are involved in the festival's main attraction, the Exposure exhibition, with work ranging from technological design to fashion, photography to fine arts and sculpture.

Director Drew Naika says that every year he is blown away by the creativity and talent of the exhibitors. "The new cohort of students coming through never ceases to astound me with their creativity and the works they come up with."

Between 10,000 and 15,000 people attend the two-week festival each year, many of those being industry partners headhunting up-and-coming talent.

Mr Naika says the festival is designed to allow the arts students to promote their skills and network with people in the industry who would not otherwise be in the same place at the same time.

Exposure is being housed for the first time in the new creative arts building Te Ara Hihiko. Visitors can spend a day meandering throughout the whole exhibition, or choose an area of interest to focus their attention on. "There's a really broad spectrum of exhibits."

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Still Dancing celebrates 45 years of the New Zealand School of Dance with photography by Stephen A'Court and lunchtime presentations. New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Shed 11, Wellington Waterfront, until November 22, 10.30am till 4.30pm.

Former head of Britain's Design Council David Kester discusses the ways design can be used to transform communities and public services in Te Papa Forums for the Future: Design and the Power to Transform. Soundings Theatre, Level 2, Sunday, 11am till noon.

Pasifika Arts Research fellows John Pule, Janet Lilo and Siliga Setoga showcase their work at The Engine Room Gallery, Massey University, entrance C off Tasman St, Monday till Friday, 9am till 6pm, weekends 10am till 4pm.

The annual Massey Fashion Show helps propel graduates into the industry, with New Zealand favourites Kate Sylvester and Rebecca Taylor listed among alumni. Great Hall, Museum Building, Massey University, Buckle St, Friday, November 16, at 8pm and Saturday, November 17, at 3pm, tickets from dashtickets.co.nz

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