Since 2015, students from a wide range of disciplines at Victoria University of Wellington have been participating in the Creative Legacies Project.
The Creative Legacies Project is part of the university's Cultivating Creative Capital theme. The project aims to research and publish Victoria's diverse creative legacies and cultural heritage on the web.
The project combines work from Dr Conal McCarthy's Introduction to Museum and Heritage Studies class (MHST511) from 2015 to 2019 with the work of six summer scholarship students in 2016-2017 from six different disciplines, five summer scholarship students in 2017-2018 from five different disciplines, and two summer scholarships students in 2018-2019. To date, 57 students have contributed work to the project.
Here you will find more about eleven of the summer scholars who dedicated their summer to researching and writing about the unique creative legacies of their respective disciplines.
Jeremy moved to Wellington in 2014 to study Design and Commerce. After studying for four years, he graduated with a Bachelor of Design Innovation and a Bachelor of Commerce.
The combination of Design and Commerce may seem unrelated, however Jeremy’s work, both at university and outside of it, have revolved around projects combining the two disciplines.
His work on the Creative Legacy Project has been highlighting creative projects and people in the Schools of Architecture and Design. While these schools receive much attention for their creative endeavours, what drew Jeremy to the Creative Legacy Project was a desire to showcase creative works that may have missed the spotlight or are still in development.
Libby is about to begin her Master’s thesis at Victoria in the School of Education. After completing her undergraduate degree in Primary school teaching at Auckland University of Technology in 2014, Libby spent a year teaching in alternative education, with youth that had been ‘excluded’ from the mainstream education system. The injustices she witnessed there prompted her to question the purpose of our education system, where our most vulnerable tamariki are also our most neglected.
In 2016, Libby spent a year travelling – working on super yachts around the Mediterranean, walking 800km across Spain on the ‘Camino de Santiago’, nannying on an island off the coast of Spain, and working at markets around London.
Libby found herself being drawn home to pursue further study, as her travels enabled her to discuss, ponder, and reflect on her purpose, plans, and goals. Having just completed an Honours year developing a framework for pedagogical love based on the ideas of educational theorists such as Montessori, Steiner, and Freire, Libby plans to examine ‘children’s perspectives on love as pedagogy’ in her thesis.
Libby was drawn to the creative legacy project because of the exciting opportunity it presents to uncover some of the rich history and culture that exists within the School of Education.
Ruby is a Masters of Museum and Heritage Practice student. Originally from Wellington, Ruby has been studying at Victoria University for 5 years, where she did her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Religious Studies.
Throughout her Masters year, Ruby realised she had an interest in researching and writing for GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) institutions, and exploring different modes of interpretation and collecting in these organisations.
A prolific crafter, Ruby creates anything from earrings to ceramic pots. On her weekends, Ruby works as a barista at the Te Papa café.
Ruby is excited to be writing about the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences for the Creative Legacy Project, as the scope is so diverse and there is an opportunity to highlight so many areas of cultural heritage. She is interested in the student life of Victoria in particular, as well as showcasing Pasifika and Māori heritage.
Kirsty de Jong
Kirsty is currently working toward her Masters’ in Museum and Heritage Practice and will be graduating in May 2018.
With a Double Degree in Marketing and Art History, two years as a European Tour Manager for Contiki Holidays and three years working in People Capability at Horticulture New Zealand, her background is varied.
Kirsty has a professional and academic interest in how people experience organisations and how people and organisations can develop mutually beneficial relationships. She is well placed to write on where creativity and Victoria’s government, law and business schools intersect.
Hamish Howard completed a BSc in Marine Biology at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) before establishing a career within New Zealand’s commercial fishing industry.
Having recently returned to study writing and science communication at Victoria, he is currently enrolled in the 2018 Master of Science in Society programme.
Hamish is especially interested in applying knowledge from the field of science communication to other areas of interest, such as conservation and commerce.
Hamish sees the Cultivating Creative Capital Summer Scholarship in Science as an exciting opportunity to investigate a huge diversity of research and work being carried out by incredible people.
Gemma is currently in her second year of a Master of Architecture. She is originally from Nelson where in High School she used to write on Nelson’s historic places for local website, The Prow.
In 2017 she plans to writer her Master's thesis on how we design places of negative heritage.
Gemma has thoroughly enjoyed her time working on the Creative Legacies Project where she has been able to bring together her love of both history and architecture.
Originally from Christchurch, Lachie moved to Wellington in 2013 to study law and art history at Victoria.
After taking two years to realise he could not belong in both worlds, he chose one and continued on with Art History. In 2016 he completed the honours year, writing a thesis on the American artist, Martha Rosler.
His work for the Creative Legacy Project centres around the visual arts at Victoria, looking at the people, places and events that have shaped a unique cultural legacy for the University, including the art collection and the Adam Art Gallery.
Lisa is a third year theatre and mathematics student (yes, it is an eccentric combo).
She has been involved with her hometown Wellington’s theatre community since 2013, working on costume design and construction for a variety of groups around the city.
She has various part time jobs to fund her studies including tutoring, retail and care work.
Her hobbies include yoga, researching travel itineraries and wishing she lived in ancient Greece where it was easier to pioneer maths.
With her background in theatre and distinct creative flair, Lisa was well placed to delve into the creative legacy of the School of Film, English, Theatre, and Media Studies here at Victoria.
Ben is currently pursuing his Master’s of Museum and Heritage Practice. He completed his BA in Māori Studies in 2010, and since then has worked at Te Papa as a host, among other jobs.
During his time working on the Creative Legacies Project, he has worked closely with Museum & Heritage Studies and Te Kawa a Māui to help document the university’s rich creative legacy, focussing on Mori topics.
He has a passion for uplifting the mana of indigenous heritage and hopes to carry this through to a career as a collections manager.
Ben believes that museums have the potential to help reconnect Māori with their tīpuna, and for him personally to further connect with his own Māoritanga in the Taranaki region. Ben feels that being involved in this project is a fantastic first step towards that.
Marcus is an Honours student in Composition at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music.
Constantly searching for new experiences, his work focuses on analogue and digital media - a combination of contemporary and classical technology and sound.
Marcus' interests include communication in all its awkward beauty, sonic engineering, and finding ways to make the computer do more of the work.
Collaboratively, he has worked with a number of artists to create immersive, Instagram-worthy multimedia environments.
With his passion for bringing together the old and the new, Marcus is well placed to unlock the mysteries of Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music.
Isabel is a student in the Faculty of Science here at Victoria. She is an aspiring Science Communicator with an affinity for the great outdoors.
With a background in various biological sciences and creative writing, she was inspired to travel the world for a year with just the limited contents of her backpack, and a journal.
While overseas Isabel embarked on the ‘Camino de Santiago’ – a 1,100km trail through Spain, from France to Portugal.
Throughout her travels, Isabel’s passions for writing, exploration, and science evolved from experiencing a diverse range of cultures, environments, and eco-systems.
In the future, Isabel hopes to pursue a career in climate change education and advocacy.
Although it could be argued Isabel has been given the toughest job, her work throughout the Creative Legacies Project has helped to highlight the ongoing creativity that drives the best and brightest scientific minds here at Victoria.