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Young artists capture Gusto through photography in Hamilton

Six of our recent photography students in Hamilton celebrated their graduation at ‘Gusto’ – an exhibition of their work at Tacit Gallery.
Over 100 people came to celebrate the work and creativity of 6 young photographers at Tacit in June.
‘Gusto,’ the first Zeal Hamilton exhibition in two years, explored themes of race, gender, and pop culture.
It was an incredible turnout, with friends, whanau, Council reps, and the community coming alongside Zeal to celebrate the incredible value of the voice of young people.
We always love bringing Zeal’s kaupapa out of our centre to share it with the wider community, and our exhibition opening nights are a great reflection of the inherent passion that young people have for their creative expression.

The photographers are all graduates from Zeal Hams’ most recent 7-week photography programme, aimed at introducing and upskilling young people in DSLR camera usage, editing, and visual narrative. The course is tutored by Ash Muir, local photography legend.

Zeal’s barista students were also learning how to brew pour-over coffee throughout the night, with the workshop being tutored by Aaron and Jassher from The Creators.
“When we walked back to Zeal after the exhibition, one of our young people from the programme said “that was really special,” says Mandy, Programmes Coordinator. “‘At school in our photography class, our teacher is the only person that sees our photos. It was really cool to be able to show the community.'”
“It was such a privilege to see how proud they were to show their own authentic and unique styles to their whānau and the greater community. The confidence they cultivated over their 7 week journey was truly worth celebrating.”

‘Gusto’ runs until Wednesday 27 June.

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