Time run­ning out for arts award en­tries

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Porirua’s best con­tem­po­rary art will be on show at the up­com­ing Pataka Friends Arts Award ex­hi­bi­tion. Artists have just weeks to fi­nalise their en­tries.

There are en­tic­ing prizes on of­fer, with $1000 for the open award, $750 for the highly com­mended and $500 for the ever-pop­u­lar peo­ple’s choice.

Pataka Friends com­mit­tee mem­ber Gay Hay said the open win­ner was a great prize.

The judge has a tough de­ci­sion to make, but it is al­ways very in­ter­est­ing to see what view­ers of the ex­hi­bi­tion think when it comes time to cast­ing their vote,’’ she said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, now in its third year, could at­tract about 50 en­tries in dif­fer­ent medi­ums. The aim was to give es­tab­lished and emerg­ing artists from the city a plat­form to show their tal­ent, Hay said.

Last year’s open award win­ner, Kerry Scott, also took the op­por­tu­nity to be­come Pataka’s artist-in­res­i­dence for a week, with the fee cov­ered by money com­ing from the awards en­try fees.

‘‘For some, it’s their first op­por­tu­nity to dis­play their work in one of the coun­try’s most high- pro­file gal­leries,’’ Hay said.

‘‘Art that ap­pears in Pataka is sig- nif­i­cant and these awards seem to be grow­ing each year.’’

To be el­i­gi­ble, artists must live, work or study in Porirua. All the work is for sale.

The dead­line for en­tries is July 17. The win­ners will be an­nounced on Au­gust 6 and the ex­hi­bi­tion of fi­nal­ists’ work runs from Au­gust 7 till Septem­ber 6, when the peo­ple’s choice will be an­nounced.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Kerry Scott with her win­ning en­try in 2014.

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