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2007 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award

‘Untitled (Jagdpanther)’ 2006  Simon Esling

 This award organized by the Waikato Society of Arts Inc., and held in conjunction with the Hamilton Gardens Summer Festival, is a prestigious event on the National Arts calendar.


The Award is funded by the Philip Vela Family Trust, which each year provide the prize of $15,000 and also purchases the winning work. It is one of the country’s most valuable awards and an apportunity for artists to have work included in an important New Zealand collection.


Professor Elizabeth Grierson, Head of the School of Art, RMIT, Melbourne, returned to judge the Award in February.

Merit Awards were given to :






Lisa Benson   “Mountain Landscape, Chancellor Dome, Fox Glacier June 2006",
 Chromira digital printg, metallic paper

Keith Clancy  "Mirage (Canonic Variation V), Acrylic on canvas

Mark Curtis "William in Paradise"  Acrylic on canvas

Esther Leigh  "Glade. 3"  Digital photograph

Jon Tootill  "Pepeha for Lily: Ko Waitaki toku awa   Acrylic on linen

Lynda Wilson  "A pause between things : 1"   Encaustic on linen, on board