Elam School of Fine Arts

For the Christchurch school, see Ilam School of Fine Arts.

The Elam School of Fine Arts, founded by John Edward Elam, is part of The University of Auckland. Students study degrees in fine art with an emphasis on a multidisciplinary approach. The school is located across three buildings, the Mondrian building, Building 431 (or the "Main" fine arts building), and Elam B, which includes the studios for postgraduate and doctoral students on Princes Street, in central Auckland, New Zealand.


The school was founded in 1890 by Elam, and incorporated a School of Design which had been established and maintained for 11 years by Sir Logan Campbell. Archie Fisher was appointed principal in 1924 and was instrumental in the school's inclusion within the University of Auckland in 1950.[1] A fire in 1949 which destroyed the school and library was the catalyst that resulted in joining with the University as well as the loss of pre-1950 administrative records.[2]

In 1994 the Sargeson Trust, named after Frank Sargeson, gave the George Fraser Gallery, located in the downstairs premises of a historic stables in Princes St, to the students of Elam for an exhibition space.[3] The Fine Arts Library houses New Zealand's largest collection of specialist monographs, and has an extensive collection of art books, which is believed to be the largest in New Zealand.[4]

Notable alumni

The school has had a significant effect on the art of New Zealand. Notable alumni include:


  1. Ian Thwaites & Rie Fletcher (2004). We Learnt to See: Elam's Rutland Group 1935-1958. Puriri Press. pp. 43–45. ISBN 0-908943-27-X.
  2. Passau, V. (2013). A history of the University of Auckland Fine Arts Library (1950-2010).Lianza.http://www.lianza.org.nz/resources/lianza-publications/nzlimj/history-university-auckland-fine-arts-library-1950-2010
  3. "George Fraser Gallery". 2012-02-24.
  4. http://www.creative.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/home/about/our-faculty/schools-programmes-and-centres/fine-arts/fa-facilities

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Coordinates: 36°51′20″S 174°46′05″E / 36.855469°S 174.767922°E / -36.855469; 174.767922

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