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Public Seminar: Into the Light of Day2017-04-06
THURS 6 APRIL, 12.00-1.00PM, P152, LECTURE ROOM, DUNEDIN SCHOOL OF ART, RIEGO ST (off Albany St)
Into the Light of Day
Denise (Dee) Copland will give a presentation on her research methodology, which has resulted in various expeditions to wilderness regions such as Antarctica and the profound impact that such regions, coupled with her research, have had on her outlook and output.
DEE COPELAND graduated with a Diploma of Fine Arts (Honours) in Printmaking, School of Fine Arts University of Canterbury (1977) and a Certificate of Graphic Design, CPIT (1971). National awards include CNZAC (1990), an Antarctic Arts Fellowship in 2001-2002) and several Artist-in-Residences since 1985. She has lectured at the School of Fine Arts, UC (1982-4); Senior Lecturer at the School of Art& Design, CPIT until 2006 and lectured at other Polytechnics and Summer Schools throughout NZ. She has exhibited extensively in both solo and group exhibitions, by invitation shown in numerous international Biennales in Europe and Asia, and in group exhibitions in Australia, Japan and France since 1978. Dee has printed for a number of NZ artists and produced a limited edition Printmaking book (1985). Her work is held in collections in NZ and internationally. She is full time artist, now living in Portobello, Dunedin.
The value of international students.
Students enjoy our practical approach to programmes from undergraduate certificates, diplomas and degrees, through to postgraduate masters’ degrees.
International students come here to prepare for a career, improve their English and enjoy the fun and safe New Zealand lifestyle.
The quality of our programmes, and the work-readiness of our graduates, is recognised far and wide, making us one of New Zealand's best and most preferred tertiary organisations.
Because of all these reasons, the number of international students at Otago Polytechnic continues to increase year on year.
In 2015 our Auckland campus had 540 international students, last year that rose to 766.
Dunedin's campus has also enjoyed an increase from 425 in 2015 to 513 in 2016.
Central Campus in Cromwell has risen from 90 to 113 last year.
Read more about the Otago Daily Times editor's view on the value of overseas students to our country.
OP at iD
Otago Polytechnic student takes out the People's Choice Award at the iD International Emerging Designer Awards.
Laura Bennett describes her collection, 'A lucid Distraction', as "an invitation to escape the digital realm into the solace and wonder of nature".
The collection features a kaleidoscope of colour that draws a hearty smile and leaves a fun impression of pom poms and flowers.
The People's Choice Award was proudly sponsored by Otago Polytechnic, and was decided by a text vote.
Otago Polytechnic is proud to be a sponsor of the iD Dunedin Fashion Week, which was a great success.
One of our favourite events is, of course, the iD International Emerging Designer Awards.
In this coveted competition, students from Otago Polytechnic compete against others from around the world - this year there were 33 finalists from 12 countries.
It's Australasia's largest emerging fashion design competition, and this year was held at Dunedin's historic railway station.
The students' garments were judged by a panel of top fashion industry folk, and were displayed down the 86m catwalk in a big awards evening on Thursday 23 March.
The overall winner was University of Technology Sydney's Nehma Vitols.
The iD Dunedin Fashion Week, and Otago Polytechnic's support of it, were prevalent in local and national media. Some of those are:
- The must see events for the week were outlined in Fashion Quarterly.
- Otago Polytechnic's Dr Margo Barton and Dr Jane Malthus joined a panel to choose "Current", a costume and textile collection at the Otago Museum. Read more about it here.
- The couture catwalk of the iD International Emerging Designer Awards is discussed in Thread.
- Laura Bennet's People's Choice Award is explained in more detail in this Otago Daily Times article.
- Otago Polytechnic Fashion graduate, Fiona Clements, is profiled in The Women's Weekly.
- There are some great Faces in the Crowd in this Otago Daily Times photographic account.
- Otago Polytechnic fashion students help out back stage, as illustrated in this article in Stuff.
- Account of the iD Dunedin Fashion Show 2017 in Thread.
- Margo Barton helped organise the Metamorphosis Symposium at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, as detailed in Newsie.
Read more about Fashion Design at Otago Polytechnic.
Supporting Kowhai Grove
Kowhai Grove is a community garden on the Taieri. It grows vegetables, nurtures young people and promotes resilience.
Otago Polytechnic supports this venture, both with funding and volunteers.
Read about the initiative and how it's helping young people from Otago.
Read about Otago Polytechnic student Luke Facer and why he's helping at Kowhai Grove.
Learn more about Horticulture at Otago Polytechnic.
Mastering the Arts
Clive Humphreys is the new interim head of Dunedin Art School. He talks to Bruce Munro from the Otago Daily Times about rubbish trucks, art in these turbulent times and the need for the school to maintain its disciplines.
Last year Clive received recognition from AKO Aotearoa for sustained excellence in teaching. Clive’s teaching has a philosophical foundation in stimulating, challenging and provoking public thought through the work of his students. He expects graduates to be ‘change-ready’, not merely work-ready. He challenges them to develop an “analytic instinct for the pulse of social and cultural currents” and to truly make a difference.
Professor Leoni Schmidt has accepted the role of Director Research and Postgraduate Studies, and will also be continuing with students in that role at the Dunedin School of Art.
Ready more in the Otago Daily Times.... https://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/magazine/mastering-arts
Onwards and upwards for student accommodation build
The construction of Otago Polytechnic's student accommodation continues on time as the structure really starts to take shape.
The focus continues on the erection of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels and the construction of the light timber frame walls.
At times, two cranes are on site to ensure panels are erected as they arrive.
The construction of the CLT panels is scheduled over 11 stages. This week sees the start of stage four.
The first fix for the service trades is underway, as the internal walls progress and the rooms take shape.
External drainage around the building is nearing completion.
Sustainability is a key factor with this build.
Otago Polytechnic’s aim is to have a buildings that teach within the framework of the Living Building Challenge™.
Some of the sustainable elements in the student accommodation build are:
- Heat recovery ventilation system - Fresh air will be delivered constantly to every room providing optimum conditions for concentration.
- High level of insulation - Very little heating required in winter months.
- Low-flow water fixtures - Helping to conserve water.
- Energy efficient appliances - Helping to conserve electricity.
- LED lighting - energy efficient (less electricity used), no toxic elements, a longer lifespan.
- Good daylighting levels – Helping to reduce the need for artificial lighting (less electricity used)
- Double glazing with thermally broken, Low E, Argon fill window joinery - Superior insulation.
- Only Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) timber is used - Certified timber that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management of the world's forests.
- Timber structure – helping to reduce the ecological carbon footprint of the building.
- Facilities for waste recycling
- Bike store – to encourage transportation for health and wellbeing.
- Edible gardens – as part of the wider polytechnic Living landscape for food production for the use of the students.
Read more about Otago Polytechnic's student accommodation build in the Otago Daily Times.
Read more about sustainability at Otago Polytechnic.
Innovation, creativity, opportunity at Otago Polytechnic
Wunderbar! Grande! Eccezionale! Superbe!
It was a multicultural feast of exclamations when four European Journalists visited Otago Polytechnic today.
The journalists from Germany, Italy and France, were invited by Education New Zealand.
Senior Market Development Manager for Europe, Ute Haug, says ENZ’s main focus was to give European journalists an opportunity to see what New Zealand is really like.
“They need to see it’s not only about Hobbits, it’s about education too!” she quips.
Journalist Karl Jurczyk, from Funke Mediengruppe in Germany, says education in New Zealand is very different from his experience in Europe.
“It’s so much more open and innovative here. The Polytechnic is very creative and students get as much opportunity as they wish. The teachers are very interested and very engaged in the job” he says.
The group has spent the week visiting education providers in Auckland, Hamilton, Nelson and now Dunedin. They timed their southern visit to coincide with tonight’s Emerging Designer Awards. Tomorrow, they’ll visit St Hilda’s High School and Otago University.
Pictured: Karl Jurczyk - Germany, Alessandro Crisafulli - Italy, Marie-Anne Nourry - France and Francesca Barbieri - Italy.
Otago Polytechnic’s Living Campus team is heading back to basics with a non-motorised push mower.
Horticulture Lecturer, Kim Thomas, says the mower has many advantages for maintaining high traffic areas.
“It reduces noise pollution and emissions and it’s a good work-out for the user. It’s safer to use around people and it fits in with our principles around sustainability.”
The Campus Living team of five former students is keen to teach others about the Living Campus gardens. They’re more than happy to answer questions regarding horticulture and which foods are ready for harvest.
At the moment, hazelnuts, herbal teas, beans, parsley, celery, lettuces and kale are all ripe for the picking.
One of the team is usually around on Mondays or Thursdays. but the produce is there 24/7 and people are welcome to take it.
The Living Campus Team (pictured) are Tracey Frisby, Amber Lewis, Michael Gaffney, Paula Griannah and Jeanette Spooner on the push mower.
Read more about Horticulture at Otago Polytechnic.
Edible weeds and so much more
You too can forage around Dunedin for all things edible and nice now that a group of Otago Polytechnic students is on the case!
The Communication Design students are creating a 'foraging map' that will illustrate all the edible weeds and surplus produce around Dunedin.
The students hope the map will encourage people to interact over a city asset.
The resource will highlight which weeds are edible and pinpoint roadside fruit trees and community vegetable gardens.
The map will, of course, include Otago Polytechnic's Living Campus garden, where everyone's welcome to collect and eat the produce.
If residents want to add a foraging site or community garden to the map, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about the project in the Otago Daily Times.
Read more about the Bachelor of Design (Communication).
International student numbers rise at Otago Polytechnic.
Otago Polytechnic's international students contributed nearly $17 million to the Otago economy last year.
The polytechnic's international student numbers have continued to increase, with a 32% rise across all three campuses in 2016 compared with 2015.
Education New Zealand has just released figures for 2015, and reveal that international students contributed $142 million to Otago's economy, of which $117 million was in Dunedin and $23 million was in Central Otago.
Based on the Education New Zealand workings, each student contributes more than $27,000 each year.
That means, in 2015, Otago Polytchnic's 515 international students based in Otago, contributed nearly $14 million to the Otago economy. That figure increased to nearly $17 million in 2016 (with a rise to 626 international students across the Dunedin and Central campuses).
Read more in the Otago Daily Times.
Work ready for Dunedin
Otago Polytechnic is in partnership with the Dunedin City Council and University of Otago to help students fine employment here.
The Work Ready Programme educates international students on New Zealand culture, particularly in the work environment.
The programme also links them with businesses and helps them find jobs in the city.
Read the Otago Daily Times article on Denise Narciso, a former Otago Polytechnic student from the Philippines, who's now working at the Otago Polytechnic School of Design.