Hold-all competition draws record entries
The Motueka Arts Council’s winter competition has attracted a record 140 entries this year.
‘‘We’re really pleased, it’s fantastic,’’ said competition-exhibition coordinator Shirley Wallace.
The 2017 competition to ‘‘Make a Hold-All’’ had drawn entries created from a diverse range of mediums including pottery, woodwork, a gourd, flax, cane and bra cups, Wallace said.
All entries would be on display at a planned two-day exhibition scheduled for the Motueka Memorial Hall on August 18 and 19.
Wallace said there were four classes of competition for the holdalls: created with fibre and/or yarn; created with fabric; using materials from the earth or made by a person aged 16 or under using any material.
The judges had a ‘‘tough time’’ choosing the winners, which would be revealed at the exhibition, she said.
As well as a winner, each class would have a prize for the most innovative hold-all. There was also an award for the best hold-all overall and the best local exhibit.
Wallace said the exhibition this year would also feature a guest exhibitor – wood turner Doug Gordon.
‘‘He’s a very accomplished wood turner,’’ she said. ‘‘There’ll be a selection of his work on display.’’
The exhibition was also due to have a display by the Motueka Arts Council community sculpture committee of a planned ‘‘Arrivals and Departures’’ sculpture including a maquette, drawings and information. Designed to acknowledge the diversity of art endeavours, skills and knowledge that have enriched Motueka’s art culture, the sculpture aims to celebrate 30 years of community arts in 2018.
Wallace said the arts council competition was in its fifth year.
For the first two years, the entries were displayed in shop windows ‘‘but with the competition growing, we made the decision to hold an exhibition of all entries’’.
In 2016, the ’’Make a Child a Toy’’ competition attracted about 110 entries.
The 140 entrants this year were aged from 2 years to more than 90 years.
The exhibition is due to run from 10am to 4pm on August 18 and 19 with the prizegiving scheduled for 3.30pm on August 19. Entry is $2 for adults.
Shirley Wallace, left, with Cushla Stevenson, one of the Make a Hold-All competition judges, and some of the 140 entries.