New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award
At a gala opening on the first evening of the Hamilton Gardens Festival, Dr Lesley Duxbury announced the winner of the 2010 NZ PAINTING AND PRINTMAKING AWARD:
Esther Leigh, from Auckland, for her work Idle Fleet 2 (sellotape and ink on paper).
Esther received the $20,000 prize and her work was purchased by the Philip Vela Family Trust – principal sponsors. The prize was presented by Mrs Lyn Vela.
Esther Leigh, Lyn Vela and Lesley Duxbury. (photo: A. Challinor)
Merit Awards went to:
Philippa Bentley, Auckland, Diorama - Extinct birds of the New Zealand Bush (mixed media on cardboard)
Tim Croucher, Hamilton, Port Promenade (acrylic on canvas)
Nell Nutsford, Hamilton, Pink I and Silver I (digital prints on perspex)
Joan Travaglia, Hamilton, Parcel and Sustain (woodcuts)
To see all the finalists' entries, go to the 2010 NZPPA gallery.
Joan Travaglia, Nell Nutsford, Esther Leigh, Lesley Duxbury and Tim Croucher; not shown: Philippa Bentley. (photo: A. Challinor)
Other Waikato finalists were Adrienne Grant, Colin Gibbs, Kate Hill, Joyce Stalker, Tracey Mitchell, Michele Rumney and Jane Weir.
People's Choice Award
The exhibition was open in the Pavillion daily from 20 February to 3 March throughout the Hamilton Gardens Festival. This year visitors to the exhibition were invited to vote for their favourite work by placing a ballot in a box by the door. The winner was 'Crepuscular Rays over Ranges', an oil on drafting film by Trenton Garratt. His prize was a voucher for $250 for art supplies from Gordon Harris Ltd.
WSA President Martha Simms said of the People's Choice, “We are delighted to involve the viewing public in this important Award, and particularly to present an additional prize. Peoples’ Choice has attracted a great deal of interest, and we look forward to making this an annual event”.
At the opening
In her remarks before the presentation, Pam Nash, on behalf of the Awards Committee, said, "This is the 11th year of the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award. It has grown from strength to strength over the years, certainly attracting the very best of New Zealand‟s contemporary art. This year, the committee felt that it was time to give printmaking a focus.
"Dr Duxbury‟s specialist area is printmaking. She has wide experience in European and Australasian art, and tells me that she is a regular visitor to this country, taking master classes in Auckland for RMIT Melbourne. As a keen tramper she is often in the South Island; certainly no stranger to our shores.
"Dr Duxbury is a highly regarded practicing artist, a writer and an academic. She surprised us by being the first judge to select multiple works from artists, sending us scuttling to the rules. The rule, of course, is that "the judge‟s decision is final". So here you have the result – a beautifully curated exhibition, of fine work, looking stunning in its setting."
During the opening (Friday, 19th February) and the first Saturday and Sunday, almost 2000 people viewed the exhibition of the award finalists. WSA is very appreciative of the Philip Vela Family Trust whose generosity allows this prestigious national award to continue.