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Ki tua atu - an alumni exhibition

1 June - 12 June 2021

Opening Night: 6pm, Tuesday 1 June - featuring a live painting demo by Alina Gane-Hurcomb

Hutt Art Centre, 9/11 Myrtle Street, Lower Hutt

Our graduates and alumni do amazing things. We wanted an exhibition that celebrated what some are doing in the Hutt. 

Opening on Tuesday 1 June, Ki tua atu celebrates and showcases the creativity of a group of alumni who are doing diverse things in the Hutt region. These artists are actively sustaining their creative practice through business ventures, leadership roles, event management and as a means to enhance their everyday lives.

The exhibition runs until 12 June, and in addition to a feast of art, will include creativity workshops and public floor talks by the artists.

“We really wanted to celebrate the mahi of our alumni, and show just what is possible with a qualification in art and creativity,” says event organiser Kiran Gandhi. Kiran says The Learning Connexion is at the heart of creativity in the Hutt, with its unique approach to learning.

“At TLC, we teach sustainable creativity through art-making in a supportive and inclusive environment. Our style is to draw out, rather than to stuff things in.”

A widespread issue for students of art is sustaining a practice after graduation - it takes commitment and perseverance. Where the Learning Connexion has an edge is that our students don't wait till they have finished their programme to make waves in the creative world, they find the motivation to do it while studying. "Our students are exhibiting, leading community projects and finding creative ways to improve their environment. Students and alumni of the Learning Connexion have a knack for preparing for uncertainty," says Kiran.

Download the Ki tua atu poster.

Artwork on banner by Emma West

Kia tua atu Artist Floortalks

All talks take place at the Hutt Art Centre, 9/11 Myrtle Street, Lower Hutt 


Alina Gane Hurcomb 2 WEBAlina Gane Hurcomb
Universal Connections: Rockstars, Residencies and Notre Dames
Wednesday 2 June at 12 noon

From being selected to make art for a bonafide rockstar, to representing New Zealand in international exhibitions. Securing European artist residencies and being involved in an epic homage to an architectural gem and phenomenal women - Alina Gane Hurcomb has had an exciting creative journey of late. Come and hear about the amazing connections and collaborations during her time as a student at The Learning Connexion and the doors that opened as a result.


Karin McCombe Jones Kea WEB

Karin McCombe Jones
Express Yourself
Friday 4 June at 12 noon

Award-winning expressive artist Karin McCombe Jones paints with an abundance of kaleidoscopic colour and creative intuitiveness in acrylics. She captures a moment, a place or highlights an expression when light has landed and magic occurred.

In 2018 she won the People's Choice Award at The Wellington Regional Arts Review.

In everyday life and in her art. She loves to paint expressive moments whether on animal's faces or children's. Movement also plays a significant part in her expressive work.

Come hear about what drives her to work like this and how she does it.

Express Yourself. 

Lorraine Tyler WEBLorraine Tyler
Review, Reject, Recycle
Saturday 5 June at 12 noon

Lorraine Tyler is a Lower Hutt-based artist, who returned to New Zealand after spending her teenage years in Michigan, USA.

Have you ever looked through your old artworks and thought, "This hoard is getting pretty big... Oh wow, I still have THAT?" Lorraine Tyler's artist talk looks at the histories of the artistic rejects she tore up to create the pieces in this exhibition, as well as how she developed the ideas and techniques necessary to make them. The old pieces tell stories of fantasy, drama, tragedy, and revenge.

If you like learning "how the sausage is made", you might enjoy this talk!

Estelle Cainey WEB24Estelle Cainey
Bringing awareness to your endeavours
Wednesday 9 June at 12 noon

Artist Estelle Cainey will discuss consciousness and the applications of it while working on creative pieces. Learn how to be aware of the consciousness contained within an art piece and how to work in alignment with that relationship in an empowering way in your day-to-day art practice. 

No beliefs in esoterics required!


 Brendan Martin Boy WEB

Brendan Martin
The Minotaur and Me
Friday 11 June at 12 noon

Since graduating from The Learning Connexion at Level 5, Brendan Martin has kept his passion for art alive. During this talk, Brendan will present his latest artworks. He will talk about his current art-making practice, and the ups and downs of the creative process. He will also share some tips on how to keep going when times are tough. 




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