The 25th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2016, with prizes amounting to over $220,000, were presented by the Chairperson of the Jury for the first awards in 1992 and for a number of years thereafter, Philippa Lady Tait at the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre on Monday 5 September 2016.
This year the Wallace Arts Trust received 371 entries from which 88 were selected as finalists. From the finalists 47 have been chosen for the Award Winners &Travelling Finalists exhibition and the balance is represented in the Salon des Refusés.
The Wallace Art Awards aim to support, promote and expose New Zealand contemporary art and artists. They are the longest surviving and largest annual art awards of their kind in New Zealand.
2016 AWARD WINNERS
The Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award – Andre Hemer, Big Node #10, 2015, Acrylic and pigment on canvas 1375 x 1025
Hemer receives a 6 month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York, USA.
Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award – Simon Morris, A Whole and Two Halves (yellow Ochre), 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 1400 x 1400
Morris receives a 3 month residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, USA.
The Kaipara Wallace Arts Trust Award – Jeremy Blincoe, Tropic Of Chaos, 2016, Pigment ink-jet print, 1200 x 1350
Blincoe receives a 3 month residency at the Altes Spital in Solothurn, Switzerland.
The Wallace Arts Trust Vermont Award – Weilun Ha, Breathtakingly Fragile, 2016, Traditional Chinese inks and resins on fabric, 3000 x 2000
Ha receives a 3 month residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, USA.
First Runner-up Award – Matthew Browne, Sophistes, 2016 Vinyl tempera and oil on canvas, 1750 x 1200
Matthew Browne receives $2,500.
Second Runner-up Award – Antje Barke, Tamaki Redevelopment Retaining Wall, 2015, Steel, concrete, foam, 1200 x 1000 x 400
Antje Barke receives $2,500.
Jury Award – Josephine Cachemaille & Jen Bowmast, Are you picking up what I am putting down?, 2016, Mixed media, 1900 x 2000 x 700
This prize is non-monetary.
As well as the above awards, earlier in the year Scott Eady was chosen for the inaugural Martin Tate Wallace Arts Trust Residency in Vladivostok, Russia
The 2016 awards were judged by a panel comprising of prominent members of the arts sector’ Andrew Clifford, Georgina Ralston, Philip Trusttum, Richard Maloy and Sam Mitchell. Judges for the Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award were Andrew Clifford and Richard Maloy joined by Melanie Higgins and Ruth Watson.
The Award Winners & Travelling Finalists exhibition will be exhibited at:
Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre: 6 September – 13 November 2016.
Wallace Gallery Morrinsville: 30 November 2016 – 5 February 2017 (Opening: 3 December, 11am – 1pm)
Pataka Art + Museum: 26 February 2017 – 7 May 2017 (Opening: 26 February, 2pm)
The Salon des Refusés will be exhibited at the Pah Homestead from 6 September – 6 November 2016
- Regarding Andre Hemer, Paramount Award Winner, Sir James Wallace, Director of the Wallace Arts Trust commented, “This great, challenging, enigmatic work demonstrates why Andre is regarded as one of the top new artists on the international art scene.”
- Regarding Andre Hemer’s, Big Node #10, judge Richard Maloy commented, “Hemer’s painting is the one work I found that I couldn’t get out of my mind, being constantly drawn back to it.” Judge Andrew Clifford commented on Hemer’s “sophisticated use of media, blurring materiality and digitality.”
- Regarding Jeremy Blincoe’s Tropic of Chaos, judge Clifford says, “This work is both enigmatic and haunting and has a strong use of light and composition.”
- Judge Philip Trusttum describes Simon Morris’, A Whole and Two Halves (yellow Ochre) as “Simple, soulful and moody”, commenting on the “great painting quality.”
- Melanie Higgins, judge for the Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award, says “The Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award recognizes not only artistic accomplishment but also the ability of the winner to be a cultural Ambassador between New Zealand and the United States. The Selection Committee was deeply impressed with Simon Morris’s ability to connect across cultures through the medium of art.”
The Wallace Arts Trust has announced the finalists for the 25th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2016. This year the Trust received 371 entries from which 88 entries have been selected as finalists.
The finalists have been selected by the 2016 judging panel, comprising of by prominent members of the arts sector’ Andrew Clifford, Georgina Ralston, Philip Trusttum, Richard Maloy and Sam Mitchell.
All finalists’ works will shortly be delivered to the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, when round two of judging will commence. The judges will select the Award Winners, and a proportion of the works will be shown as part of the Award Winners & Travelling Finalists exhibition, with the balance shown in the Salon des Refusés.
The Annual Wallace Art Awards aim to support, promote and expose New Zealand contemporary art and artists. Sir James Wallace established the Annual Wallace Art Awards 25 years ago. These Awards are now the longest surviving and largest annual art awards of their kind in New Zealand, with a value amounting to over $200,000.
The exhibitions will be opened by one of the original judges for the first awards in 1992, Philippa Lady Tait. The opening will be at the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre, Monday 5 September 2016, in an invitation only ceremony.
Matt Arbuckle, John Badcock, Kathy Barber, Antje Barke, Joshua Bashford, Ed Bats, David Black,
Alice Blackley, Marc Blake, Jeremy Blincoe, Cachemaille & Bowmast, Stuart Bridson, Lee Brogan,
David Brown, Matthew Browne, D Milton Browne, Josephine Cachemaille, Helen Calder, Cathy Carter,
Scotto Clarke, Paris Curno, Istvan Denes, Caitlin Devoy, Nick Dewar, Ekarasa Doblanovic,
Sam Dollimore, Brad Donovan, Matthew Dowman, Andrea du Chatenier, Claudia Dunes,
Edwards & Johann, Christopher Flavell, Mel Ford, Robbie Fraser, Craig Freeborn,
Gary Freemantle, Paula Friis, Scott Gardiner, Natalie Guy, Weilun Ha, Andre Hemer, Veronica Herber
Graeme Hitchcock, Brent Hollow, John Horner, Alan Ibell, Noel Ivanoff, Adrian Jackman,
David Jarvis Curno, Sebastien Jaunas, Raymond Jennings, Margaret Johnston, Anna Korver,
Andy Leleisi’uao, Virginia Leonard, Josh Lotz-Keegan, Jacqueline Macleod, Brendan McGorry,
Peter Miller, Simon Morris, Shintaro and Yoshiko Nakahara, Rod Olliff, Jonathan Organ,
Donna-Marie Patterson, Jessica Pearless, Nicholas Pound, Toby Raine, Mark Rayner, Christina Read, Wilhelmus Ruifrok, Andre Sampson, Andrew Simmonds, Glen Snow, Jill Sorenson, Garth Steeper,
Henry Symonds, Jack Trolove, Akky van der Velde, Evan Woodruffe, Jane Zusters, Brit Bunkley
Claire Hughes, Hye Rim Lee, Jennifer Mason, Shannon Novak, Alex Plumb, Raewyn Turner & Brian Harris,