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Monday 11 January 2016
Marlon San Miguel

Today began the journey of twelve students from across the North Island, as they try to create a film to answer a question that they have in mind. With experiences spanning from editing and directing to knowing general design principles, this lot seems to have a head start. 

Many of the interns have already gone through the public spaces of the Gallery so a main part of the tour was showing the behind-the-scenes spaces hidden from the public. One such area is the Conservation Studios, where old paintings get reconditioned by specialists to get them looking as undamaged as possible. 

Near the end of the day, Reuben, one of the mentors, made the students choose their most important values. With serious questions arising on whether or not empathy is more important than respect, or whether integrity is better than commitment, the group agreed on the three most important values. Not only is this an exercise on setting our values, it was also an exercise of letting go of your individual interest for the interest of the collective.

With their values done and dusted, it was time for everyone to share what their individual goals were, either for the internship or just for the next couple of days. It was good to hear that a lot of them were looking forward to making good friends and making the most out of the resources that we provide to them. Something else that they should be looking forward to is finding out who they’re going to be working with for the rest of the internship.