Ma­jor na­tional art award part­ners with Win­tec

Hamilton News - - ARTS -

Next year there’s a change of venue for one of the coun­try’s ma­jor art awards. The Waikato So­ci­ety of Arts (WSA), in col­lab­o­ra­tion with new ma­jor part­ner, Waikato In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (Win­tec), is bring­ing the 2019 New Zealand Paint­ing and Print­mak­ing Award ex­hi­bi­tion to Hamil­ton’s CBD.

The award ex­hi­bi­tion will be shown at Win­tec’s pre­mier event venue, The Atrium, from Fri­day 1 March un­til Sun­day 3 March.

Win­tec’s act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive David Chris­tiansen says bring­ing this award to Win­tec’s cam­pus will add vi­brancy to Hamil­ton’s CBD and links per­fectly with Win­tec’s pro­file and com­mit­ment to the cre­ative sec­tor.

“We see this new part­ner­ship with the WSA as a pos­i­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion and an in­spir­ing op­por­tu­nity for our art, de­sign and mu­sic stu­dents through their en­gage­ment with the ex­hi­bi­tion and its as­so­ci­ated events, and the con­nec­tion to one of New Zealand ma­jor art awards.”

The 2019 award ex­hi­bi­tion will be­come the 19th year the New Zealand Paint­ing and Print­mak­ing Award has been shown in Hamil­ton by the WSA.

Pres­i­dent of the WSA, Michelle O’brien says the new part­ner­ship with Win­tec is a pos­i­tive move which cel­e­brates the vis­ual arts as an im­por­tant and vi­tal part of our com­mu­nity.

“This sig­nif­i­cant devel­op­ment aims to take ad­van­tage of the re­cently in­vig­o­rated gallery scene in Hamil­ton’s CBD, en­cour­age a broader au­di­ence for the ex­hi­bi­tion, and in­te­grate with the grow­ing vis­ual arts on show in the Hamil­ton arts precinct,” says Michelle.

The award an­nounce­ment event will take place on Thurs­day 28 Fe­bru­ary at The Atrium.

Af­ter the open­ing night, the ex­hi­bi­tion will open as a free event to the pub­lic un­til Sun­day 3 March. Dur­ing this time a se­ries of events are planned, in­clud­ing a judge’s floor talk.

The judge for the 2019 New Zealand Paint­ing and Print­mak­ing Award is Kim Pa­ton, di­rec­tor of Auck­land’s Ob­jectspace, a for­mer Win­tec re­searcher and art tu­tor.

Se­lect­ing from sev­eral hun­dred works, Kim will choose the win­ner and re­cip­i­ent of the Grand Prize.

That artist will re­ceive an award of $20,000, spon­sored by the Vela fam­ily.

Along­side the Grand Prize, Kim will also award two Merit Awards from Win­tec and the Print Coun­cil Aotearoa New Zealand. The win­ner of the Peo­ple’s Choice Award spon­sored by Gor­don Har­ris will be an­nounced af­ter the ex­hi­bi­tion has closed.

En­try to the New Zealand Paint­ing and Print­mak­ing Award has been ex­tended un­til 23 Novem­ber.

This sig­nif­i­cant devel­op­ment aims to take ad­van­tage of the re­cently in­vig­o­rated gallery scene in Hamil­ton’s CBD . . . Michelle O’brien Waikato So­ci­ety of Arts (WSA)

■ For en­try de­tails and in­for­ma­tion, visit wsa.org.nz

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