Tutor Profiles

The WITT School of Art, Design and Media is powered by a small and passionate team of highly-qualified tutors and support staff. Our tutors are coordinated to offer our students a large range of choices in everything from painting, to photography, to animation. We may have small class sizes, but we strive to offer a great selection of courses and electives across art, design and media.

In this section you can learn more about each team member of WITTart:

Geraldine Guy

Programme Coordinator Diploma / Tutor Fine Art

Geraldine Guy

Known at WITT as Ged; (G is for Go, E is for Energy and D is for Drive)! I teach Art students, manage Art staff and where and when possible, make art. Trained in Fine Art at Otago, (trained) as a teacher in Christchurch I returned to my birth place, New Plymouth, to work at WITT. I thrive on an ability to nurture creative ambition, in myself and others. Teaching enables me to pass on knowledge and observe the development of others.
It is a process that stimulates my passion for the ‘job’ and the ‘life’. Email Ged: g.guy@witt.ac.nz

Ian Clothier

Senior Academic

Ian Clothier

Ian M Clothier is an artist, Senior Academic at Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki, Director of Intercreate Research Centre and founding Director of SCANZ residency, exhibition and symposium. Working in diverse collaborative media, projects have involved data loggers and web applications, robotics, socio-political data visualisation, micronation creation, augmented reality, motion sensoring, online survey and installation. His projects have been selected for international exhibition in Belfast, upstate New York, San Jose, Rio de Janeiro, Vancouver, Tallinn, Dublin, Hobart, at ZKM, and for net.net. This includes three ISEA exhibitions. He has published articles in international journals Leonardo, Convergence and Digital Creativity.Website

Chris Hill

Tutor Photography

Chris Hill

Chris is a photographer who enjoys passing on his passion for photography to students, encouraging them to explore their creativity and develop the technical tools to realise their vision. His aim is to inspire students with the work of past and contemporary photographers and help them to find their own personal style. Aside from teaching, he run my own photography business. Chris is a Master Photographer with the NZIPP (NZ Institute of Professional Photography) and was awarded NZIPP Commercial and Advertising Photographer of the Year in 2010 and 2011.Website | Blog

Vicki Catlow

Tutor Computer Graphics

Vicki Catlow

Vicki is a multimedia artist who for many years has used stitch as a form of mark-making. However her most recent art works have reverted back to more traditional methods through the medium of drawing coupled with an interest in botanical art. Vicki teaches on the Certificate in Creative Graphics (Level 3) as well as the Diploma of Creative Technologies (Level 5).

Philippa Berry Smith

Programme Coordinator Lvl 3+4 / Tutor Graphic Design, Web Design, Typography

Philippa Berry Smith

Specialising in web and graphic design, Philippa teaches students the principles of graphic design, the web process, and to fall in love with typography. Having studied graphic design at WITT, and then worked in the industry for 5 years, Philippa is experienced in many aspects of the creative process. She runs her own freelance web design business, and enjoys the way teaching feeds back into her practice. If not glued behind a computer screen, she can often be found biking, gardening, or pretending to be a photographer.Website | Blog | LinkedIn | Twitter

Olivier Perkins

Part-time Tutor – Creative Graphics

Olivier Perkins

Olivier Perkins is a graphic designer / illustrator / artist / photographer / maker of things / husband & father of 2, that specializes in not specializing. He enjoys the flexibility of an eclectic aesthetic and is well versed in the fine disciplines of tea & coffee making. Formally he holds a BVA (graphic design major). When not behind a pencil or basking in the hypnotic glow of a computer screen you can usually find him drifting around above (or below) the sea on some kind of board.Website | Surf Photos | Blog | Twitter

BJ Hetet

Part-time Tutor Cultural Design

BJ Hetet

Having specialised in carving for over 23 years, BJ has worked with many mediums including rock, bone, stone, wood and modern materials. He also specialises in making and demonstrating traditional weaponry and is working on a Masters in Matauranga Maori art and design. He is excited about working with cultural design students, and integrating traditional foundations and Maori concepts into contemporary styles.

Rebecca Martin

Arts Administrator

Rebecca is our front-of-house miracle worker, available in the Commerce and Technologies admin office, level 1 of A Block.Email Arts Admin