Thomas Lawley

Fine Arts student Thomas enjoys working on a wide variety of projects in the Elam workshops, and values the assistance he receives from the excellent technicians.

Thomas Lawley, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Thomas Lawley, Bachelor of Fine Arts

“At Elam, you’re given tools which are applicable to a lot of visual and global problems. You’re not locked into one specific skill set or one way of thinking. As more and more work is becoming automated, being a flexible and independent thinker becomes a valuable asset when approaching complex global issues.

“The calibre of the tutors was important to me when choosing Elam. A lot of our tutors are representing New Zealand internationally as artists and thinkers in the field. I also get a lot out of the workshops and assistance we receive from the technicians. 

The workshop spaces are amazing; you can make whatever you want. I’ve worked on a wide variety of projects including programming, electronics and jewellery-making. I find a lot of fulfilment in being creative and hands-on.

Thomas Lawley, Bachelor of Fine Arts

“What I really like about Elam is that we have the ability to bring in elements of everything we’re passionate about. I have an engineering background, and I don’t feel like I’ve compromised my ability to do the stuff I enjoy in engineering while doing a Fine Arts degree.”