The 2017 Wallace Art Awards were announced on 4 September at the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre in Hillsborough, Auckland. Whitecliffe Fine Arts Senior Lecturer Christina Read, who received the First Runner-up award with a cash prize of $2500, commented on her win, “It is great to have my work recognised amongst the high calibre of artists selected for the Wallace Art Trust Awards. I very much look forward to using the money to help fund a research trip to LA, Glasgow and London at the end of the year.”
Sir James Wallace established the awards more than twenty-five years ago to support and expand the visual arts in New Zealand and reward artists creating exceptional work. This year’s judging panel included distinguished artists and arts professionals: artist Richard Maloy, artist Russ Flatt and Director of the Centre for Art Studies at The University of Auckland Linda Tyler. Judges for the Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award were Steve Carr, Phil Dadson, Richard Maloy and Ruth Watson. The newly announced BSR Wallace New Zealand Residence Award was judged by artists Andrew Drummond, Simon Ogden and Linda Tyler.
An exhibition of winners and selected finalists opened to the public on 5 September and will be showing until 12 November at the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre in Hillsborough, Auckland. The exhibition will travel on to Wallace Gallery Morrinsville from 29 November until 28 January 2018 and Academy Galleries in Wellington from 19 February until 25 March 2018. You can also see works from other Whitecliffe finalists included in the exhibitions:
Faculty: HoD Master of Fine Arts Noel Ivanoff, Senior Lecturer Fine Arts Christina Read, HoD Photo Media Becky Nunes, HoD Fine Arts Matt Ellwood, Lecturer Yoon Tae Kim, Senior Lecturer John Horner (now retired)
BFA alumni: Claudia Dunes
MFA student: Oliver King
MFA alumni: Siliga David Setoga, Virginia Leonard
For more information about the awards, please visit the Wallace Arts Trust website.
Photo: Fine Arts Senior Lecturer Christina Read with Whitecliffe Director, Academic Henry Symonds