Suc­cess of Fiel­d­ays ac­knowl­edged

Cambridge Edition - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE BAIN

The suc­cess of Fiel­d­ays has been ac­knowl­edged with two ex­hi­bi­tions in Hamil­ton cel­e­brat­ing New Zealand’s ru­ral spirit.

At Waikato Mu­seum, Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, the 50 Years of Fiel­d­ays ex­hi­bi­tion was opened, doc­u­ment­ing the event’s half-cen­tury jour­ney from hum­ble be­gin­nings to eco­nomic pow­er­house.

The recog­ni­tion has been a long time com­ing for one of the orig­i­nal Fiel­d­ays com­mit­tee mem­bers Doug Bald­win.

‘‘It’s re­ally good to see Hamil­ton City Coun­cil fi­nally ac­knowl­edge Fiel­d­ays and this ex­hi­bi­tion goes a long way to­wards it,’’ said Bald­win.

‘‘It’s an ac­knowl­edge­ment and says some­thing about the suc­cess of Fiel­d­ays.’’

The win­ners of the Fiel­d­ays No.8 Wire Na­tional Art Award were also an­nounced.

New Zealand Na­tional Fiel­d­ays So­ci­ety Pres­i­dent Peter Carr said it was a priv­i­lege to open both ex­hi­bi­tions, one cel­e­brat­ing where the event has come from.

‘‘The other the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of how di­verse the event has be­come.’’

A past Fiel­d­ays pres­i­dent Rod Bryant said he strug­gled with how big the event grows every year.

‘‘When we got to 30,000 vis­i­tors we thought we had reached sat­u­ra­tion point but then we started talk­ing about 40,000, but how much big­ger can this be­come.’’

The Fiel­d­ays No.8 Wire Na­tional Art Award win­ners were an­nounced at the Art­sPost Galleries & Shop in Hamil­ton.

Can­ter­bury’s Akky van der Velde won the top prize for her work Out­side the Square.

Out­side the Square was one of 23 fi­nal­ists in the run­ning for the ma­jor prize of $7000.

Fiona Clark from Taranaki was the runner-up for her sculp­ture Bush­tail Mam­mal 1837, while Auck­land’s Bev Good­win placed third for her work, Play Time.

Each re­ceived $1000 and $500 re­spec­tively.

This year’s Pres­i­dent’s Choice Award, se­lected by Peter Carr, went to So­phie Pren­der­gast of Auck­land for Life Tree.

Di­rec­tor of Te Uru Waitakere Con­tem­po­rary Gallery An­drew Clifford, who judged the Fiel­d­ays Na­tional Art Award, said No.8 wire speaks of in­no­va­tion.

‘‘It’s what we need to move this planet for­ward,’’ he said

The No.8 Wire Na­tional Art Award is the first of this year’s Fiel­d­ays fes­tiv­i­ties, with the ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing all 23 fi­nal­ists run­ning at Art­sPost un­til June 11.

The 50 Years of Fiel­d­ays ex­hi­bi­tion is open at Waikato Mu­seum un­til Au­gust 19.

Waikato Mu­seum and Art­sPost are open 10am to 5pm daily and en­try is free.

MIKE BAIN/STUFF

Fiel­d­ays orig­i­nals Kerry Clarkin, Rod Bryant, John Knee­bone, Doug Bald­win and Peter Carr.

MIKE BAIN/STUFF

Hamil­ton Mayor An­drew King with the win­ner of the Fiel­d­ays No.8 Wire Art Award, Akky van der Velde, next to her work, Out­side the Square. With them are Fiel­d­ays pres­i­dent Peter Carr and Te Uru Waitakere Con­tem­po­rary Gallery Di­rec­tor, An­drew Clifford.

MIKE BAIN/STUFF

The 50 Years of Fiel­d­ays ex­hi­bi­tion was opened by Fiel­d­ays pres­i­dent Peter Carr and Hamil­ton city coun­cil­lor An­gela O’Leary.

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