Top Art Exhibition

10 Mar 2017

On Monday 27 February, Te Ara Hihiko was drenched in sun as guests wandered the space, viewing the NCEA Top Art exhibition.

60 folios are hung along the walls of the main foyer of Massey University’s College of Creative Arts where they will remain until 10 March when they break down into two tours of 30 folios; one going south, the other north.

The exhibition is an annual touring exhibition coordinated by NZQA, featuring NCEA Level 3 Visual Art portfolios by students who achieved Excellence in 2016, with several also achieving New Zealand Scholarship.

The exhibition showcases the best of the five fields of NCEA Level 3 Visual Arts; design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. The selected art work is just a small selection of the exceptional artwork being produced in schools across the country.

The exhibition is an opportunity for students to celebrate their achievement with their whanau and friends, as well as their teachers, and future lecturers.

Massey University Head of School for Whiti O Rehua School of Art, Dr Huhana Smith, warmly welcomed everyone to the launch and celebrated the work of each student whose art folio had been selected for the tour. She commended students on the recurring environmental perspectives reflected in their boards, a subject that Huhana focuses on in her own work. 

Huhana thanked NZQA for hosting the event and giving Massey the opportunity to share in celebrating these talented young people.

NZQA Chief Executive Dr Karen Poutasi echoed Huhana’s words. “You’ll note that several of the biographies and the artworks themselves indicate a strong social conscience and a growing awareness of the impact of humanity on the world around us.”

Students were thrilled to see their work displayed at Massey University. Mary-Jane Martin, a former Kerikeri High School student who has moved to Wellington to study a Bachelor of Design at Massey majoring in Photography, attended the launch of the exhibition. “I feel very proud of the work I have created and it feels good to be able to show others my ideas and thoughts,” she says.

Other students commented on how great it was to see everyone else’s work. Students liked to see the range of styles and influences and read about how each idea was executed.

For more information and an exhibition schedule see: 


Nina Kalkoff 71

Nina Kalkoff, Whangarei Girls' High School

Madeline F. Muldowney 81

Madeline Muldowney, Sacred Heart Girls' College (Hamilton)

Lilian Martha Merrifield 91

Lilian Martha Merrifield, St Mary's College (Auckland)

Libby Barker 71

Libby Barker, Lincoln High School



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