RIPE opened today, celebrating the achievements of final year Art & Design students at Ara with a stunning array of multimedia, painting, woodblock print, screenprint on fabric, sculpture, ceramic, photography, gaming, digital animation, posters and even a life sized Stormtrooper costume.
The annual exhibition is held in the Rakaia Centre, City Campus Christchurch until 25 November.
There are as many sources of inspiration and as many different outcomes as there are creators.
Bindy Todd (Visual Communication and Design) created a series of resources for helping children deal with grief, inspired by a memory of losing her favourite soft toy when she was very young. “It’s based on a true story that happened to me when I was three years old and I lost my toy Gos in the botanic gardens on a chair… it’s a soft toy duck, a little yellow duck. So I turned that into a story about grief and loss,” she says.
Bindy Todd talks to Sammy Jay for an Under the Radar Ara video.
The series, which Todd hopes to have published, includes a book for children that encourages them to write about their loved one and their own emotions, a set of flash cards that has questions children might have about grief on one side and answers adults might give on the other, and a concertina book for adults for helping children through grief.
RIPE includes work is presented by students completing the Art & Design disciplines of Visual Communication, Photography, Applied Visual Art and Motion Design.
The event also rewards outstanding work as judged by industry partners.
Ara Art and Design Class Prize for General Excellence - Elizabeth Gregory-Hunt, third year Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)
Ara Art and Design Class Prize for General Excellence - Joanna Willmer, third year Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication).
Ara Art and Design Class Prize for General Excellence - Samantha Williams, third year Bachelor of Design (Applied Visual Art).
Ara Art and Design Class Prize for General Excellence - Hannah Mackintosh, third year of study for the Bachelor of Design (Multimedia Design).
Will Cumming Memorial Award - Laura Gobbe, third year of study for the Bachelor of Design (Applied Visual Art). The prize enables the incorporation of Laura’s pen on paper drawing Mary Anning’s Plesiosaur into the Ara Art Collection.
Canon Photography Excellence Award - Beth Adam, Level 6 Diploma in Professional Photography
Canon Photography Excellence Award - Shannon Sylvester, Level 6 Diploma in Professional Photography
Students from the Certificate in Design will present their own show in the Artbox, also at the City Campus Christchurch.
Watch Bindy Todd talk about her work: Under the Radar – RIPE video