Deeper prize pool for award

Hamilton Press - - FRONT PAGE -

En­tries are open for the 2016 Na­tional Con­tem­po­rary Art Award, judged by cel­e­brated in­ter­na­tional artist and cu­ra­tor Misal Ad­nan Yildiz and man­aged by Waikato Mu­seum.

Since 2000 the award has pro­moted and cel­e­brated New Zealand’s con­tem­po­rary artists. This year the first prize win­ner will re­ceive $20,000.

Waikato Mu­seum di­rec­tor Cherie Meecham wel­comes the open­ing of the award which has con­tin­ued to at­tract more en­tries and gallery vis­i­tors ev­ery year.

‘‘This award has doc­u­mented New Zealand con­tem­po­rary art for 17 years now and pro­vides a plat­form for artists to show their work.

‘‘We’re very pleased to an­nounce an in­creased prize pool this year but this award rep­re­sents more than win­ning; the op­por­tu­nity for our fi­nal­ists to ex­hibit their work in a high­pro­file gallery for three months is not to be un­der­es­ti­mated.’’

Orig­i­nally from Turkey, Misal Ad­nan Yildiz is the di­rec­tor of ArtspaceNZ. The for­mer artis­tic di­rec­tor of Kun­stler­haus Stuttgart has cu­rated and col­lab­o­rated on nu­mer­ous art projects in­ter­na­tion­ally and has held a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of solo ex­hi­bi­tions.

En­try to the Na­tional Con­tem­po­rary Art Award is open un­til June 9.

The win­ner and merit award win­ners will be an­nounced at the award cer­e­mony on Septem­ber 2 at Waikato Mu­seum.

The award ex­hi­bi­tion will be on show at Waikato Mu­seum from Septem­ber 3 un­til De­cem­ber 4.

En­try forms: waikato­mu­

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