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Advanced Diploma in Visual Communication Design 1992


Distinguished Achievment Award 2020

Kate Hawley

Costume designer Kate Hawley graduated with a Diploma in Visual Arts and Design in 1992 from what was then Wellington Polytechnic. She worked in local productions and, in 1996, received a Television New Zealand Scholarship and assistance from Wellington City Opera to study at the London’s Motley School of Theatre Design. Less than a decade later her career took off with film credits including On A Clear Day, The Ride, Pacific Rim, Crimson Ring and The Hobbit, along with numerous other costume and set design credits ranging across film, television, theatre and opera in Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

She worked again with Peter Jackson’s untitled Dreamworks project and his 2009 film The Lovely Bones as well as episodes of The Lord of the Rings television series.

Ms Hawley’s awards include the Gold Key Award from the Bretislav Film Festival for her designs for the Channel 4/BBC production of T DANCE, the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council Award for Opera Studies, the Prague Quadrennial 99 Award for Emerging Young Artists, and the Television New Zealand Young Achievers Award.

In 2013 she was into Massey University’s College of Creative Arts’ Hall of Fame.