West Coast artists have less than a week to submit their entries into the new Te Tai o Poutini Art Awards, closing at midnight next Wednesday 4th November.
Over 50 entries have already been received and organisers are impressed with the quality of entries.
‘Our aim is to give artists recognition and reward excellence’ said Sue Asplin, Project Manager.
‘The entries were slow to come in at first, but they are flying in now, and we are excited to see some incredible works for judges to choose from.’
The awards are open to artists 18 years and over who live on, or have strong connections to the West Coast, Te Tai o Poutini.
All entries will be displayed in an online gallery going live later next week. Twenty five finalists will be shortlisted to send their work to Hokitika to be professionally photographed and made into large posters to be displayed in Weld Lane.
‘We appreciate the support of both Postie Plus and Sock World for allowing us to use their walls to create an open air gallery where we can showcase some of the West Coast’s best art.’ said Ms Asplin.
Artists enter the awards online by submitting a photograph on the Te Tai o Poutini Art Awards website. There is no cost to enter, and no commission will be taken if artworks are sold.
The awards are being run by WAI (Westland Arts Inc) with funding support from Creative NZ’s COVID-19 response package.
‘Artists may be finding it harder to sell their work and these awards may help boost their profiles and sales’.
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.
An awards ceremony will take place on the last weekend of November, where several cash prizes and awards will be given to the finalists, including the 2020 Supreme Award, a cash prize of $1,000