No 8 creativ­ity un­der way

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

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.’’

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