Best in Show is Objectspace's annual graduate exhibition showcasing a selection of outstanding work in the fields of Applied Arts and Design. Now in its ninth year, Best in Show 2013 functions as a platform for students launching their careers, while also providing an opportunity for the public to view a range of the latest exciting work to emerge from tertiary organisations.
The selection for 2013 features the work of 21 students from the Auckland region. Representing the fields of ceramics, fashion, graphic design, jewellery, product design, and textiles, these students have addressed a range of ideas, including individual and local identity, mobility and health, impermanence, and the relationship between traditional and innovative technologies. Across these various disciplines, the students have created works, which are characterised by innovation, command of a medium or process, and strong visual impact.
The depth of enquiry and quality of the work is indicative of the students' commitment to their chosen areas of practice. Future plans for the next several years include: travel, collaboration as a form of sustainability, establishing new businesses, and participating in artist residencies. Objectspace is delighted that a number of previous Best in Show exhibitors have gone on to receive prominent opportunities at both a national and international level. The level of craftsmanship and sophistication in the work of this year's selected students bodes well for similar success in their futures also.
Objectspace would like to congratulate and thank all students and staff who contributed to Best in Show 2013. Students are from: AUT University (Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makaurau), Hungry Creek Art and Craft School, Massey University (Te Kunenga ki Pürehuroa), Unitec (Te Whare Wänanga o Wairaka), and Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design.