Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology students are excited to have their work on display for the public.

The Art and Design Graduate Showcase, named Multiple Threads, is being held at the Monarch Room in the Princes Gate Hotel.

The opening show is today, 5.30pm to 8pm and it will also be open Saturday to Tuesday from 10am to 3pm.

The exhibition is free to view.

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Student Maggie Covell says there are 10 students with work exhibited in the graduate show.

The students have completed either a Graduate Diploma in Creative Entrepreneurship or Bachelor of Creative Technologies.

Three of them are also international, she says.

The exhibition is extra special because it is the first year it is being staged off campus, she says.

Maggie says this is a great chance to give the public easy access and for the public to support the arts community.

She says artists will also be present to answer people's questions about the work.

There are many different mediums featured in the exhibition, including digital, projection, photography, fashion, jewellery, painting and installation work.

Student Oriwa Morgan-Ward says she thinks exhibiting with the other artists is exciting.

"I think it offers up to the public a really diverse range of works. There's something for everyone."

She says getting to the exhibition has been a journey, and that this is just the start of their creative journeys in all areas, including spiritual and physical.

Oriwa has seven installation panels made out of builder's paper which will be featured in the show.

She says it took eight to 10 hours each day for four days just to do one piece.

When looking at the pieces, viewers will see Maori icons throughout them.

Student Connie Takarangi says it is a great opportunity for the community to see what is encompassed in a year's work.

There will be an opportunity to buy things at the show and Level 6 fashion students will have a pop-up shop present.

The artists involved in the show are Maggie Covell, Fiona Frew, Yvonne Hughes, Zsaniq James- Perry, Amandeep Kaur, Kiranjeet Kaur, Oriwa Morgan-Ward, Maria Shaileja tigga, John Peter Timi Stenning and Connie Takarangi.