‘Plant dust’ wins Walker& Hall award

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Artist Janna Is­bey has won this year’s $5000 Walker & Hall Wai­heke Art Award.

The Walker & Hall award is an an­nual na­tional art award for two-di­men­sional works in any medium.

Is­bey took top spot with her silk linen plant and clay pig­ment, ink and cot­ton work Plant Dust.

But the Auck­lan­der was un­able to at­tend the gallery’s gala awards cer­e­mony as she is cur­rently living over­seas.

Judge Si­mon Mcintyre, who is se­nior lec­turer in the vis­ual arts at AUT Univer­sity, an­nounced the win­ner at the event on Oc­to­ber 20, held in as­so­ci­a­tion with Ca­sita Miro and The Skin In­sti­tute Wai­heke.

An ac­com­plished artist him­self, the judge is also the son of iconic New Zealand, painter Peter Mcintyre.

‘‘The Walker & Hall Wai­heke Art Award has clearly de­vel­oped a strong rep­u­ta­tion over the years as this was an ex­hi­bi­tion full of work which was skil­ful, thought­ful, vis­ually stun­ning and - in some in­stances - very hu­mor­ous,’’ Si­mon Mcintyre said.

‘‘This is a sig­nif­i­cant ex­hi­bi­tion in the New Zealand arts cal­en­dar and all the works this year are of a very high stan­dard.

‘‘It was also great to see young emerg­ing artists in­stalled along- side some well-es­tab­lished names.’’

Two other awards were also an­nounced at the gala evening.

The win­ner of the $500 Michael Evans Award, spon­sored by The Skin In­sti­tute for a fig­u­ra­tive work, was won by Wai­heke artist Ilya Volykhine for his work, Sum- mer Chil­dren (oil, mixed me­dia on can­vas).

And the win­ner of the $1000 Zinni Dou­glas Merit Award, spon­sored by the Wai­heke Com­mu­nity Art Gallery, was Ro­han Hart­ley Mills with the work, Poor Traitor (acrylic on can­vas).

The Walker & Hall is now a ma­jor award event in the New Zealand vis­ual arts cal­en­dar hav­ing been run­ning for over 10 years.

This year there were more than 60 en­tries, with 31 cho­sen for the award ex­hi­bi­tion.

‘‘This award ex­hi­bi­tion is our most pop­u­lar an­nual event,’’ gal- lery di­rec­tor Linda Chalmers said.

Wai­heke artists en­tered for the 2017 Walker & Hall Art Award in­cluded Anah Dun­sheath, Stu­art Jobling, Ilya Volykhine, Ellen Jo­hansen and Michael Walker, Pre­ston Camp, Bar­bara Robin­son and Katie Trin­kle-legge.

Se­lec­tor Si­mon Mcintyre with gallery di­rec­tor Linda Chalmers and Walker & Hall’s Joseph Tat­ters­field with the win­ning art­work, ‘‘Plant Dust’’, by Janna Is­bey. LENKA TENGBLAD

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