No 8 creativity under way
Entries are now open for the Fieldays No 8 Wire National Art Award 2011. The annual award, organised by Waikato Museum and ArtsPost Galleries, and supported by major sponsor New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays, challenges artists to use their creativity and ingenuity to transform the difficult medium of No 8 wire into works of art.
Artists have until April 26 to submit entries for the award with $4000 for first place, $1500 for second and $1000 for third.
This year’s judge will be independent curator, arts consultant and writer, Dr Carole Shepheard, who was a professor of fine arts at The University of Auckland until 2007 when she left to live permanently in Kawhia.
Dr Shepheard has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work is in all major New Zealand art collections including the Auckland Art Gallery and Te Papa Tongarewa. She was made a Commonwealth International Woman of the Year in 1991 and an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2002. In 2004 she gained her fine arts doctorate.
Waikato Museum director Kate Vusoniwailala said the award was something unique for artists to turn their hand to.
‘‘It is always amazing to see what the artists come up with for this unique award – each year the exhibition draws significant interest from artists and people who are intrigued to discover what imaginative and creative responses there are to the use of No 8 wire.’’