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Andrew Last, Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic Te Kura Matatini ki Otago

Andrew Last is an Australian metalsmith, currently living and working in New Zealand. He has employed aluminium in the production of jewellery, homewares and lighting designs for the past decade. Initially enrolling in Materials Engineering at Monash University during the early 1980’s, Last did not complete the degree, but has subsequently translated his understanding of engineering technology into his creative practice. He undertook a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Gold and Silversmithing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and worked extensively with aluminium during 1988 whilst undertaking a craft traineeship under leading Australian jeweller, Susan Cohn, whose own work with the material has redefined the symbolic position of aluminium within contemporary Australian design.

Since graduation, Last has exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Japan, England, Germany and the United States and has undertaken numerous guest lecturer and guest speaker positions. He returned to RMIT in 1992 to complete his masters degree. His critically acclaimed Aeroware series of lighting designs went on show at Object Galleries in Sydney, Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery and at RMIT in Melbourne, from 1998 to 1999. Since 2001, Last has been based in Dunedin, New Zealand, where he is a lecturer in the Jewellery and Metalsmithing Department of Otago Polytechnic School of Art. Last is represented in numerous collections including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and the Australian National Gallery, Canberra.