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It’s the time of year when graduating design students show the fruits of their labours.

Set aside some time to check the shows out. They are usually interesting whether you are considering attending a design school or looking for talent.

I’d like to see some cohesion and collaboration between the shows. It would make sense to have every portfolio show under one roof as a major event. Not only would the costs be shared for staging and promotion but it would better serve industry leaders who are time poor and sometimes unmotivated to attend all of the shows. I realise there is some feeling that the schools are in competition with one another but I think this is a misplaced view. Spurious promotional themes by each of the schools are usually poorly conceived—the work will speak for itself.

Here are the main events in Auckland over the next few weeks.

Auckland University

Date: Saturday & Sunday 10th–11th November 10am–6pm,
Venue: Elam School of Fine Arts

AUT

Date: 15th–19th November 2007, Weekdays 8.30am–5.30pm, Weekend 10am–4pm
Venue: Aotea Centre, Level 5, Air NZ Foyer

Massey University

Date:  13th–14th November, 10am–6pm and 15th November, 10am–1pm
Venue: Britomart Pavilion Corner Tyler & Gore Streets, Auckland

Unitec

Date: 29th–30th November, 10am–6pm and 1st December, 10–4pm
Venue: Unitec New Zealand, Building 1, Gate 1, Carrington Rd, Mt Albert, Auckland

There will be others (especially out of Auckland—feel free to add in the comments)