Creating art for good in a changing world
Master of Fine Arts graduate Hannah Watkinson cares deeply about the arts and the environment, and her years at the University of Canterbury have equipped her to make a positive difference.
Once enrolled, Hannah fell in love with photography and was inspired by the many talented and supportive artists and lecturers she met at UC. Hannah particularly enjoyed her postgraduate studies and having the opportunity to work in a collegial way with her supervisors.
“My focus was a photographic area study of the Buller region of the West Coast. I did this alongside a supervisor within Fine Arts as well as Political Science, which was such an interesting crossover. Recently I published a book of this work, which was a nice way to round it off.”
While at UC, Hannah also found ways to contribute to her community, with volunteering becoming a big part of her life.
“I did some great internships, which are fairly crucial to being prepared for the real world once you leave art school. I got amongst the Student Volunteer Army which was rewarding and fun and since studying I’ve become involved with various trusts and charities around Ōtautahi in governance roles.”