Art & Industry of Imagination is coming...

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Inspiration and education from masters of science fiction and fantasy, in association with key industry partners NZ ComicCon, Massey University College of Creative Arts and Weta Workshop.

From 4-12 June, a new Wellington art event is set to celebrate the creation and exploration of imaginary worlds. The Art and Industry of Imagination brings together leading scifi and fantasy artists and industry for a series of exhibitions, a conference, portfolio reviews and master classes at venues throughout the city. The event features keynote speakers, Iain McCaig (Star Wars I, II, III, VII, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and Nathan Jurevicius (Scarygirl, Pictoplasma, Peleda, Kidrobot).


Massey University College of Creative Arts hosts the inaugural Art & Industry of Imagination Conference on 4 June. Leading local and international artists, designers and industry representatives from film, TV and games will be sharing their expertise. Speakers include Iain McCaig, Nathan Jurevicius, Kate Hawley (member of the College’s Hall of Fame), Christian Gossett, Greg Broadmore, Derek Bradley, Daniel Falconer, Christian Rivers, Ben Wootten, Christian Pearce, Leri Greer, Nick Keller, Andrew Baker, Tanya Marriott and Paul Tobin.


Coinciding with the opening of NZ ComicCon, The Academy Galleries at Queens Wharf will concurrently showcase five concept art exhibitions in the space from 4-12 June:

  • The White Cloud Worlds Exhibition: a showcase of New Zealand’s preeminent science fiction and fantasy artists.

  • Weta Workshop’s Giant Killer Robots: a sneak peek at a new science fiction world that’s launching a board game later this year.

  • Behemoth : a collection of heavy metal album art by Nick Keller.

  • The Art That Inspires the Artists : a rare look at the private genre collections of Kiwi artists.

  • Massey Universe : a showcase of imaginary art and design from students of the College of Creative Arts at Massey University.

Master classes

Throughout the event, a series of master classes will be held by local and international concept artists. Topics covered will include character design, traditional creature sculpture, ZBrush creature sculpture, pop toy design and visual storytelling.

About White Cloud Worlds

Established by Ignite Inc. in 2009, White Cloud Worlds is committed to celebrating and legitimising New Zealand scifi and fantasy artists. To date, we have released three internationally acclaimed hardcover anthologies. The first two were published by Harper Collins and Ignite Inc. The third was independently published through a successful Kickstarter campaign. Between 2010 and 2013, an exhibition of the same name toured New Zealand with over 100,000 attendees. Internationally, White Cloud Worlds has toured San Diego Comic Con with Weta Workshop and exhibited at Cologne’s prestigious Blooom Art Fair.


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