Congratulations to Kohl Tyler-Dunshea, who won First Place and $5,000 for the only art prize in New Zealand “with ecology at its core.” The awards ceremony took place at Uxbridge Arts & Culture - Malcolm Smith Gallery in Howick, Auckland on Saturday 10 June. Whitecliffe Lecturer Caroline Powley, Fine Arts graduate Dawn Johnstone and current Fine Arts student Sophie Foster were also finalists for the prize.
Kohl commented on her award, “winning this year’s Estuary Art and Ecology Prize was surreal, I still can't believe it! I have always been interested in exploring the space in which art and ecology intersect. Therefore, entering the only art award in Aotearoa that has a focus on ecology had been a goal of mine for a while. With the prize money, I plan to purchase more art supplies for future projects and will set aside funds for overseas travel.”
For more information about the prize, please visit their website.
Image: Kohl Tyler-Dunshea, Offerings (2017)