Bold choices among stu­dents’ win­ning art

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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.

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