Sophia Butler, Benjamin Alexander and Courtney Harper, all Masters of Fine Arts, Fashion & Sustainability students at Whitecliffe travelled to Copenhagen to attended a The Youth Fashion Summit. The Summit was to allow students to engage with world leading brands, manufacturers as well as retail and government representatives. They will also present the industry with a framework to implement and operationalise the United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals into the value chain. The trust was able to support the trio's trip through the sale of a Greg Whitecliffe painting and provide wine and a screening license for an event they put on to raise funds for the trip.
Leah Surynt has been selected to take part in Werkplaats Typografie Summer School 2015, held at ISIA Urbino in Italy in July 2015. The trust is supporting Leah while she attends the two week course, by assisting with course fees. The Summer School 2015 is organised and supervised by Armand Mevis, Maureen Mooren, Leonardo Sonnoli and Barbara Visser. All four supervisors have an outstanding international reputation with their independent design and art practices. Leah is especially looking forward to learning from world class tutors that will encourage her to experiment and push her design practice alongside 29 other designers from all over the globe during this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Leah is currently an Intermediate Designer at Designworks in Auckland and graduated from Whitecliffe in 2013.
Yolunda Hickman, Wikiriwhi Winner 2009, now a junior lecturer, went with Jamie Haycock and Michelle So to a 3 week workshop at Shanghai University. The trust supported the three with funds and the airfare costs for the trip.
Samantha Chapman attended a 3 week workshop at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) New York 2013. The trust covered the cost of the workshop and the airfare.
The Trust paid for Grace Kim (BFA Alumni 2012), to travel to Australia to be eligible for the AgIdeas 2013 supreme award.
Joanna Longbottom & Savith Wadisinghe were awarded a trip to Shanghai to attend a 3 week workshop by the Trust, both have gone on to careers in the graphics industry.