Alt’s Glen Innes work honoured in Sydney

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Auckland-based design company Alt Group has picked up seven accolades at the annual Australian Graphic Design Awards in Sydney over the weekend.

Alt Group won the top category honour, a Pinnacle Award, in Spatial Design for the Te Oro Music & Arts Centre in Glen Innes. Alt also walked away with six Distinction Awards for their Te Oro Typeface, Shihad FVEY album artwork, Silo Theatre Brochure, Pop Ping Pong and 26 Characters book.

Alt Group CD Dean Poole said it was great to see Te Oro recognised in an international awards show like AGDA.

“It’s an important project for Auckland, nurturing a new generation of creative talent from diverse communities. Te Oro is a platform to showcase both traditional and contemporary Maori and Pacific art forms and take them to a wider audience,” he said.

Auckland Council arts & culture manager Kaye Glamuzina said: “Te Oro is a facility dedicated to changing people and places through creativity and serving the needs of its local communities. The team is thrilled that it’s been acknowledged internationally. It’s a stunning result for stunning work.”

The Te Oro Music & Arts Centre is a multi-purpose space designed for young people and the local community to come together to express their creativity, nurture their talents, and celebrate their cultures.

A tukutuku woven panel was created as an artistic expression of Te Oro’s visual identity by Te Roopū Raranga o Tāmaki Makaurau, a collective of artists from Ngāti Pāoa, Ngāti Whatua and Ngāi Tai Ki Tāmaki. The physical process of creating tukutuku, the act of binding, and the coming together and reciprocity of people working with each other reflects the vision and goals for Te Oro.

The geometric san-serif typeface, which also received an award, was designed to complement the project, built on a rigid grid and formed by horizontal, vertical and diagonal strokes that echo traditional tukutuku patterning.

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