Bold choices among students’ winning art
Performance, photography, sculpture and paintings are among the mediums helping arts students bag prizes at the Eden Arts Art School Awards.
Whitecliffe student Veronika Djoulai was presented with $5000 in prize money as the overall winner at the third annual awards this month for her work Cast Forms.
Fellow Whitecliffe artist Mark O’Donnell, Unitec’s Kyle Grenfell and AUT’s Robert Joseph were highly commended for their work and won $1000.
Eden Arts awarded the Board’s Choice award of $500 to Unitec student Delena Nathuran for photographic works entitled Happy Medium Photo Co.
The awards brings together four major art institutions within central Auckland – Whitecliffe, AUT, Elam and Unitec.
Six undergraduate students were selected from each school for their work to be judged by arts writer John Daly-Peoples, former Wellington City Gallery director Paula Savage and arts columnist Janet McAllister.
The awards were established by The Eden Arts Community Arts Trust which was formed 26 years ago to promote the arts in the greater Mt Eden area. The awards allow the trust to extend the geographical area in which they can help to promote and support artists.
Ms McAllister says the panel chose works which are just as bold as they are cohesive.
‘‘It was great to see glimmers of humour in some of the works and to be part of an event which brings art students together from across Auckland to be inspired by each other,’’ Ms McAllister says.
Top art: The winners of the third annual Eden Arts Art Schools Award are Delena Nathuran, left, Mark O’Donnell, Veronika Djoulai, Robert Joseph and Kyle Grenfell.