Nikau studied a conjoint Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree. She has since built a successful career as a contemporary artist, exhibiting internationally and reviving the ancient art of making aute.
Programme: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours)*
*After 2021, the School will discontinue enrolments in its Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree and is instead introducing a new Bachelor of Fine Arts with 10 extra conjoint options, as well as both taught and research-based Masters options.
“At Elam I discovered that there are seriously no boundaries in art, and to accept all its forms and moments. I learned to justify and consider all my decisions to create a really robust practice that still has plenty of room to move forward. I’m comfortable enough in my own practice that I don’t mind operating on the periphery or defining my own path.
If you know in your heart that you are an artist, honour yourself and go to art school. If you know you are a creative thinker, then art school is the place for you.
“A conjoint degree gives you breathing space to explore ideas and develop them in other ways that aren’t producing an ‘art’ outcome. I loved being able to combine my Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Arts in Māori Studies and Media, Film and Television. This pushed me to research and write, which is the core of any art practice. I found it both fulfilling and interesting; it really complemented my time at Elam.
“Learning how to beat aute, the paper mulberry tree, and work out how to paint on it has been the ultimate highlight of my career. I’ve exhibited in Hong Kong and I’ve been invited to participate in the Kathmandu Triennale. I’ve had collectors purchase my work, but being the first piece of art someone buys in their life is a special feeling too.
“If you know in your heart that you are an artist, honour yourself and go to art school. If you know you are a creative thinker, then art school is the place for you.”
You can follow Nikau Hindin and her work on Instagram @nikaugabrielle