Judges announced for West Coast art awards

by | Oct 14, 2020 | Media Releases | 0 comments

The judging panel has been confirmed for the regional Te Tai o Poutini Art Awards.

Te Tai o Poutini Art Awards is funded by Creative New Zealand’s Art Continuity Grant. It is a competition that will help profile West Coast artists or those with direct ties to the West Coast.

The artwork entered into this year’s awards will be judged by two primary judges, Craig Potton and Rachael Rakena.

They are joined by Fayne Robinson and Mahana Coulston, who will judge the Poutini Ngāi Tahu Award, and assist with selecting the 25 finalists.

Craig Potton is New Zealand’s best-known landscape photographer and an ardent conservationist.

For more than three decades he has documented the New Zealand wilderness, exploring relationships between the concept of artistic beauty and wilderness in the natural world. Craig lives in Nelson where he runs a contemporary art gallery.

Rachael Rakena is a New Zealand artist of Māori (Ngā Puhi and Ngāi Tahu) descent.

Rakena coined the term ‘Toi Rerehiko’ to centre, claim and name digital space within a Māori paradigm. She describes and locates Māori digital/video/electronic-based art practice in terms of continuum, motion, and collaboration.

Known for her collaborative practice, she has been exhibiting internationally for 20 years.

Faye Robinson is of Ngāti Māmoe, Ngāi Tahu, Ngati Apa ki te RĀ TŌ, and Ngāti Porou descent.

Born and raised in Hokitika, Fayne has been involved in the carving of eight wharenui across the North and South Islands. The greatest honour of all was being asked to design and oversee the carvings for his two marae on Te Tai Poutini (Te Tauraka-waka-a-Maui and Arahura marae).

Mahan Coulston has been carving for eighteen years and is of Poutini and Ngāi Tahu descent.

“We are very pleased to have judges whose practice and expertise covers such diverse perspectives to the job of selecting works of artistic merit and excellence,” says Project Manager, Sue Asplin.

About the competition

  • Artists over 18 years of age can upload a digital photo of artwork in any medium except moving image for submission and display on the Te Tai o Poutini Art Awards
  • Closing date for entries is 4 November 2020.
  • Up to 25 artworks will be shortlisted for judging.
  • Each finalist will receive a $250 grant to cover production costs and transporting the original artwork to Hokitika for judging and photographing.
  • Award winners will be announced and featured on the website.
  • Large photo panels of the finalists’ artworks will be displayed in an outdoor exhibition in Hokitika’s Weld Lane, and then on to other West Coast towns.
  • The website will provide links to each artist for a year, enabling them to sell their work directly to the public with no commission charges.

Learn more about the judging panel.


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