Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award 2010
Peoples Choice Awards
ArtsPost Galleries and Shop are pleased to announce the winner of the Peoples Choice Award for 2010 is ‘Tree of Knowledge’ by young Wellington artist, Rose Petterson. Rose received an outstanding number of votes and also came third equal in the overall competition, alongside Phillipus Meir with his ‘Ball of Wire’. Rose’s piece sold during the exhibition.
Murray Swan’s ‘Wood ‘N Post’ was a close runner up. Murray was also the winner of the Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award.
Congratulations to Rose and Murray. They did an amazing job!
Winners Announced at Opening Preview
Murray Swan, Winner of the Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award 2010
Pukekohe’s Murray Swan has been named as the winner of the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award 2009 for his entry ‘Wood’n Post’. The announcement was made at a ceremony at ArtsPost Galleries and Shop on Thursday evening and saw Mr Swan walk away with $4000 in prize money.
Napier’s William Jameson placed second for ‘Wireless Connection’ and received $1500 in prize money. Third place was shared by Wellington’s Rose Petterson for 'Tree of Knowledge' and Hastings’ Philippus Meier for ‘Ball of Wire’, with each receiving $500 in prize money.
In total, 27 entries were received for the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award 2010, with 13 of those selected as finalists.
Award judge Karl Chitham said Mr Swan’s winning entry demonstrated a “clever twist” on the medium.
“The winning work demonstrates a real engagement with the physical and conceptual possibilities of the iconic no.8 wire and it also shows a clever twist on the use and reading of the medium.”
Launched in 1997, the annual awards challenge artists to create a sculpture from no.8 wire and has become renowned for the ingenious and unique entries it attracts. The award is coordinated by Waikato Museum and held at ArtsPost, and is sponsored by Fieldays.
Waikato Museum Director Kate Vusoniwailala said the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Awards has become a highlight on the national art calendar and offers something unique for artists to turn their hand to.
Other prizes include 'The Fieldays President Award' and a 'Peoples Choice Prize' which will be awarded to the artist who receives the most public votes during the course of the exhibition.
The finalists' work will be exhibited at ArtPost from 4 June until 28 June.
Waikato Museum and ArtsPost Galleries are proud to again be the organiser of this event and are very appreciative of our major sponsor New Zealand National Agriculutural Fieldays.
Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award 2010
3rd Place: $1000
The well respected 2010 judge for the Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award is Karl Chitham.
Karl Chitham has been involved in the arts sector in various roles for over 10 years. He has a Masters Degree in Sculpture from Elam School of Fine Arts and has been in numerous exhibitions including Handycrafts at Te Tuhi – The Mark, and Absentee at Lopdell House Gallery. More information
Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award 2009
Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award 2009 attracted a record number of entries of which fourteen where announced to be finalists by judge Rob Garrett, Director of Rob Garrett Contemporary Fine Art (RGCFA) art management and consultancy. (For more information visit www.robgarrettcfa.com).
The finalists were Gaye Jurisich, Malis, Hamilton, Gaye Jurisich, Get Knotted, Hamilton, Karin Strachan, Perilous Intrigues, Whanganui, Richard McIlroy, Caterpillars, Auckland, Michele Rumney, Giant Giant Weta, Hamilton, Meiling Lee, Common Ground, Auckland, Rebecca Giles, Gate 48, Hamilton, Donna Sarten, Field Punishment No. 1, Auckland, Brendan McGorry and Helen Holmes, Walking home through the forest, Auckland, Jane Pouls and Dave Soul, Forkundity, Hamilton, Jessica Turnball, The Star of the Show, Auckland, Aaron McConchie, The inevitable beginning to an inconsequential end, Auckland, Rafael De Armas, Upward, Papakura, and Andrea du Chatenier, Linear Exercise (Landscape) 2009, Whanganui.
Auckland artist Aaron McConchie was announced as the winner of the Fieldays No 8 Wire National Art Award 2009 for his entry 'The inevitable beginning to an inconsequential end'. The announcement was made at a ceremony at ArtsPost Galleries and Shop on Friday 5th June 2009 and saw McConchie walk away with $4000 in prize money.
Auckland artists Brendan McGorry and Helen Holmes placed second for their entry 'Walking home through the forest' and received $2000 in prize money, while Hamilton artist Gaye Jurisich placed third for 'Malis' and received $1000.
Award judge Rob Garret said he was impressed by the very high caliber of the selected entries. "Every artwork says something about the character of No 8 Wire. And each artist transforms this material in amazing ways – some humorous, some thoughtful and some jewel-like," he said.
Launched in 1997, the annual awards challenge artists to create a sculpture from No 8. Wire and has become renowned for the ingenious and unique entries it attracts. The award is coordinated by Waikato Museum and held at ArtsPost, and has been sponsored by Fieldays for the past 10 years. Waikato Museum Director Kate Vusoniwailala said the Fieldays No 8 Wire National Art Awards has become a highlight on the national art calendar and offers something unique for artists to turn their hand to. "The awards draw on an iconic farm product and translate this through talent and ingenuity into an art form.
Each year the exhibition draws significant interest from the public and 2009 saw an inaugural Peoples Choice Award won by Hamilton Artists Jane Pouls and Dave Soul for their quirky piece 'Forkundity' with Michelle Rumney's 'Giant Giant Weta' being a close runner up. 2009 also saw the creation of a President’s Choice Award which was won by Jessica Turnball for her piece “The Star of the Show”.