The 2015 Wallace Art Awards were announced 7 September at the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre in Hillsborough, Auckland. Whitecliffe BFA graduate, MFA candidate and lecturer Rose Meyer won First Runner-up with a cash prize of $2500. BFA graduate Hugo Lindsay won The Kaipara Wallace Arts Trust Award, a three-month residency at Altes Spital in Solothurn, Switzerland.
Meyer comments on her win “I had been really pleased that the work had gotten into the travelling show, as it suits the nature of the work. To hear my name called for one of the awards was quite a surprise, unexpected icing on the cake - I'm still a bit stunned to be honest! I'm currently in the last six months of my MFA, so the prize money will definitely be channeled into that. It will really help to take the financial pressure off and enable me to really focus on future work. Winning First Runner Up is fantastic; it’s great to be able to get your work out to a wider audience, across different locations. I'm extremely grateful to the Wallace Art Awards for this opportunity.”
Sir James Wallace established the awards more than twenty-four years ago to support and expand the visual arts in New Zealand and reward artists creating exceptional work. This year’s judges were esteemed arts practitioners Joyce Campbell, Andrew Clifford, Ian Jervis, Andrew McLeod and Philip Trusttum. The judges for the Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award were Bronwynne Cornish, Mark Fitz-Gerald, Richard Maloy and Steve Rood.
An exhibition of winners and selected finalists opened to the public on 2 September and will be showing until 9 November at the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre in Hillsborough, Auckland. The exhibition will also travel on to Pataka Art Museum in Porirua and Wallace Gallery Morrinsville in late 2015/early 2016. You can also see works from other Whitecliffe finalists included in the traveling exhibition:
Faculty: Matt Dowman
Year Four Fine Arts Student: Josh Hamilton
Alumni: Virginia Leonard, Akky van de Velde
image: (left) Rose Meyer "Posted Drawing Box (Wallace), 2015 (First Runner-Up Award)
(right) Hugo Lindsay strip club or massage parlour, 2015 (The Wallace Arts Trust Kaipara Award Winner)