About the Wallace Art Awards The annual Wallace Art Awards profile outstanding examples of contemporary New Zealand art. Through establishing the awards in 1992, Sir James Wallace’s aim was to foster, honour and support the practices of visual artists. Over the years some of New Zealand’s most prominent artists have entered and the residencies awarded to the winners have transformed their careers. Past winners have included Andy Leleisi’uao, Yuki Kihara, Mark Braunias and Judy Millar.
With $275,000 in prizes, the awards are, collectively, the richest available to New Zealand artists. Differing from other major art prizes, the Wallace Art Awards provide broadening experiences to the five major winners by way of various residencies at top-class international institutions. The Awards are also an essential part of the Wallace Art Trust Collection’s trajectory — the winning works are instantly added to it, with many of the finalist’s works also being acquired each year.
Artists can submit work in the mediums of painting, sculpture, audio-visual, print, photography, drawings and interdisciplinary arts. The Wallace Art Awards consist of five residencies, three monetary prizes and one non-monetary prize.
The Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award A six-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City, USA. The ISCP is the premier residency-based contemporary art centre in the United States for emerging to mid-career artists and curators from around the world. This residency includes a studio, 24-hour access to ISCP’s facilities, support from on-site staff, the opportunity to attend lectures given by members of the New York arts community, field trips including out-of-town expenses, and a minimum of two open-studio exhibitions/receptions. The Paramount Award Winner also receives a bronze trophy by Terry Stringer.
The Kaipara Wallace Arts Trust Award A three-month residency at Altes Spital in Solothurn, Switzerland. This residency includes a large studio apartment, access to specialist studios, workshops and exhibitions.
The Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award A ten-week residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, USA. Fulbright New Zealand was established in 1948 to promote mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchanges between New Zealand and the United States of America.
The BSR Wallace New Zealand Residence Award A three-month residency at the British School at Rome, Italy. This residency is an initiative driven by independent working artists and is designed to facilitate a unique opportunity for New Zealand artists in their early to mid-career stage. This residency was initiated by Enrica Sciarrino, Simon Ogden and Andrew Drummond.
The Wallace Arts Trust Vermont Award A three-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, USA. This includes a studio, living expenses, counsel from a distinguished roster of six visiting artists and the fellowship of professional peers from around the world. The Vermont Studio Center was founded by artists in 1984 and is the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the United States.
Other Awards 1st Runners Up Award – $2,500 2nd Runners Up Award – $2,500 Peoples’ Choice Award – $750 Jury Award – non-monetary