The Wallace Arts Awards, which are awarded annually and are considered the premier New Zealand award for artists, were announced on Monday evening (3 September) at the Pah Homestead in Auckland. The Awards recognise outstanding examples of contemporary New Zealand art and provide residencies for the recipients at top-class international institutions.
Whitecliffe was honoured to be well-represented with five finalists: Fine Arts Faculty - Noel Ivanoff, Matt Ellwood and Imogen Taylor. Fine Arts and Photo Media part-time lecturer, Rainer Weston, and 2017 Fine Arts graduate Clare Gemima who is also the current Wikiriwhi Scholar.
Congratulations to Imogen Taylor who has been awarded the Paramount Art Award which includes a six-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Programme in New York City, USA. Taylor’s work was chosen out of 515 entries across multiple artistic disciplines. The judges commented “Taylor’s references to Bauhaus, Cubism and Modernism combined with her assured handling of colour and composition make for a bold, memorable, confident and deeply informed painting.” Speaking of the award, Taylor says “I’m super excited and grateful to receive the Wallace Paramount award. This will be my first time working in a studio overseas and I can’t wait to see how the work evolves and to also make new connections and wider networks!”
Congratulations also goes to Richard Maloy who was awarded the Martin Tate Wallace Artist Residency. Maloy will based in Vladivostok, Russia in 2019. This prestigious Residency is by invitation only and is a result of an initiative of Martin Tate, New Zealand's Honorary Consul. Maloy has exhibited both internationally and locally and a number of his works are held in the Wallace Arts Trust Collection. Commenting on the Residency, Maloy says “I am looking forward to the support of a studio & time afforded me by this award to make new work in Russia’s capital of the far east, rich in its unique history and place in the Pacific Rim.”
The Award Winners and Travelling Finalists exhibition will be exhibited at:
• Pah Homestead, TSB Wallace Arts Centre, 4 September 2018 – 4 November 2018
• Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua, 16 November 2018 – 24 March 2019
• The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson, 13 April 2019 – 9 June 2019
• The Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch, 22 June 2019 – 1 September 2019
• Wallace Gallery Morrinsville, 19 September 2019 – 10 November 2019
For a full list of Wallace Art Award winners, please visit the Wallace Arts Trust Website.
Image is of Taylor's work Refusal to Yield