Objectspace's Best in Show exhibition (on from 29 January 2011 — 24 February 2011) has become an annual fixture. Inaugurated in 2005, its aim is to showcase a curated selection of talent emerging from tertiary institutions around New Zealand. Areas of practice covered in 2011 include graphic design, digital design, textiles, ceramics, contemporary jewellery and furniture. Objectspace director Philip Clarke says that two of this year’s featured makers have been independently selected to represent New Zealand in Munich, at the prestigious Talente 2011 along with other young makers featured in earlier Best in Show exhibitions.
Each Best in Show exhibitor will display either a limited edition, one-off, or specialist type of production and this often entails few compromises when it comes to construction materials, aesthetic decisions and other artistic concerns. Some of the concepts addressed include "the energy within objects; randomness; contrasts and purposes within natural materials; popular traditions; class; graffiti; commercial branding; digital communication; apocalypse; ruins; obsolescence; nurturing; growth; and the visual language of experimental music."
Best in Show 2011 features graduates from: AUT University (Te Wananga Aronui o Tamaki Tamaki Makaurau), Hungry Creek Art and Craft School, Manukau School of Visual Arts (Te Whare Takiura o Manukau), Massey University (Te Kunenga ki Purehuroa), Unitec Department of Design and Visual Arts (Te Whare Wananga o Wairaka), Whitireia (Te Kura Matatini o Whitireia).
More info at Objectspace website.