Meet the judges

Paul Tobin

Paul Tobin

Paul Tobin

For the last seventeen years Paul has been employed at Weta Workshop Design Studio, where he has worked as an Art Director and Senior Concept Artist on film, television and game projects.

In addition to concept design, Paul is co-creator of Weta Workshop's Giant Killer Robots and is co-supervisor of Weta Workshop School.

Outside of Weta Workshop Paul is involved with a number of on-going creative projects.

2019–present: Co-founder of Arkus Games
2016–2017: launched New Zealand's leading entertainment industry convention, the Industry of Imagination, serving as creative director
2010–2016: created White Cloud Worlds, a science fiction and fantasy art-book trilogy from New Zealand

Tanya Marriott

Tanya Marriott

Tanya Marriott

Tanya Marriott is the programme leader for Concept Design at the Wellington School of Design at Massey University. She is a character designer who works in a variety of media including interactive storytelling, playful interaction and character-centric communication. 

Tanya is an internationally recognised character designer, an Director Emeritus of international consortia the National Institute of American Doll Artists, and an alumni of the Pictoplasma character academy. Tanya has worked for Weta Workshop on the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Bowes Productions, Aardman Animation, The World of Wearable Art, and within the United Kingdom Toy industry as a Toy designer.

 

Sonya Withers

Sonya Withers

Sonya Withers

Sonya Withers is a New Zealand born Pacific creative with whakapapa back to Scotland and Sama’i, Falelatai, Sāmoa. As a graduate of the College of Creative Arts, Sonya has a major in Textile Design with postgraduate qualifications in Visual and Material Culture, and a Masters in Design. Her work revolves around Pacific visual and material culture, indigenous spaces and manifesting indigenous design from a South Pacific lens.

Sonya has featured work under Miromoda (Indigenous Māori Fashion Apparel Board) through New Zealand Fashion Week, is a Creative New Zealand Tautai internship recipient and worked on Pacific community centred projects with Te Papa Tongarewa abroad (Hawai’i) and locally with Auckland War Memorial Museum (Pacific Community Access Project). Sonya is motivated by the support of her community and is committed to surfacing how design and creativity can serve the past and present of Te Moana-nui-a-kiwa.

 Sonya is a lecturer at the College of Creative Arts, Wellington School of Design and teaches between Textile Studio and Critical and Contextual Studies.

Astrid Visser

Astrid Visser

Astrid Visser

Astrid Visser is a multimedia artist, designer and former high school Art, Design and Digital Technology teacher. She has a professional learning company Common Knowledge NZ Ltd where she runs workshops supporting high school teachers with digital creative tools. Astrid now works for the Wellington School of Design as the Design Kaihāpai, and travels around the country visiting Art and Technology departments in New Zealand secondary schools, giving talks about Design and creative career pathways.

Astrid will be judging the Top School Award and Highly Commended Schools participation awards. She will be looking out for interesting interpretations of the brief, and schools making the most of the materials, technologies and processes available to them in their schools.

Te Ara Toroa — Rere Ki Uta, Rere Ki Tai
The flight of the albatross — Venturing into the unknown
Design by Ngataiharuru Taepa, Kaihautu Toi Māori—Director of Māori Arts

Toi Rauwhārangi
College of Creative Arts
Wellington, Aotearoa

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