The DUST Collective is made up of Visual Arts graduates of Auckland University of Technology, Elam, and Manukau Institute of Technology. Formed in mid 2007 to support the professional development of the group, members’ work across a range of disciplines including sculpture, photography, painting, multimedia and video.
The name ‘’DUST’ reflects the nature of the group’s interactions and collaborations. Rather than being bound by a unifying thematic the artists collect in such a way that allows for personal exploration and maintains the integrity of individual practices. The 15 artists who make up the Collective bring together a diverse range of contemporary practices that are inspired by ideas such as music, philosophy, language, meteorology, time and chance. The concept of dust operates as a “curatorial strategy” relating to how exhibition spaces are utilised. There is a commitment within the group to making work that has the flexibility to respond to the architecture, to other works and to the invisible lines of movement through and around a space: the intention is to search out synergies that reveal themselves as work is developed and discussed in the lead up to exhibitions, and to then work with and emphasis these points of connection through ensuing installational decisions.
"Our intention is to generate shows that promote an overall impression of diversity, held together by whispered conversations between works and the sense of having quietly settled into a space."