Giles Peterson was selected by the Singapore Art Museum and the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) Foundation Signature Art Prize Curatorial, as a nominator for the prize and as a representative of the Pacific Islands and New Zealand. The triennial APB Foundation Signature Art Prize is a principal juried prize established by the APB Foundation and the Singapore Art Museum in 2008. The prize aims to recognize the “single most outstanding contemporary visual artwork produced in the preceding three years and is open to all visual artworks.” In 2014, 36 nominators were selected from 24 Asia Pacific countries and territories, who nominated 105 artworks from 104 artists and artist collectives within the region.
The criteria for each nominator was to select significant works by established artists produced between 2011 and 2014. Giles selected works from internationally renowned artists Shigeyuki Kihara and Lisa Reihana for the New Zealand category and the Goroka Bilum Weavers Cooperative from Papua New Guinea for the Pacific Islands category. Artist Lisa Reihana was one of the fifteen shortlisted finalists selected by international jury for her two-channel HD video entitled in Pursuit of Venus, 2012. Her work was on display alongside the fourteen other shortlisted artists at the Singapore Art Museum from 14 November 2014 until 15 March 2015.
Giles said, “This was a massive opportunity for me as a curator because the prize puts a spotlight on contemporary art practice both in New Zealand and in the Pacific Islands. With my connection as a curator and a career as an educator at Whitecliffe focusing on these areas, I was able to meet new people working in the same field, and see and access more outstanding artworks from other internationally renowned artists within the Asia Pacific region at the exhibition. Through this experience, I can now disseminate and incorporate knowledge about these artists and their multi-disciplined art practices on a wider scale in my teachings at Whitecliffe." He currently lectures in contextual studies in New Zealand/Pacific art and design history, contemporary art and design history, fashion theory, business and management studies and arts marketing.
Commenting on the prize and the experience, Giles said, “I was incredibly excited to travel to Singapore with Lisa Reihana, who is a supremely gifted practitioner and was one of the talented artists I nominated. To network and meet with other shortlisted finalists, nominators and the curatorial team was incredibly valuable as this is one of the world’s largest and most significant contemporary art prizes in the Asia Pacific region.” He continued, “Lisa’s work in Pursuit of Venus is an absolute tour de force of multimedia art; a masterwork of filmic interrogation, that is technically superb and conceptually visionary. Lisa has been making the piece for six years and it is a real coup for Contemporary New Zealand and Pacific art. It is fantastic to see this important groundbreaking cinematic artwork recognized by the international prize jury. ”
Lisa Reihana’s 26 metre, panoramic work in Pursuit of Venus [infected] (2012- 2015) will be on exhibition soon at the Auckland Art Gallery from 2 May until 30 August 2015. in Pursuit of Venus [infected] was recently gifted to the people of Auckland by the patrons of the Auckland Art Gallery in 2014.