West Coast regional art competition officially opens

by | Aug 27, 2020 | Media Releases | 0 comments

Westland Arts Inc (WAI) officially launched the new Te Tai o Poutini Art Awards on Thursday 27 August at WestREAP in Hokitika.

Te Tai o Poutini Art Awards are 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 aim of the awards is to help artists affected by the COVID-19 economic climate. The competition will also help profile West Coast artists or those with direct ties to the West Coast.

The competition is free to enter for the first year, and will offer a year-long online gallery (at tetaiopoutiniartawards.co.nz) of artworks entered in this year’s competition. The website will provide links to each artist, enabling them to sell their work directly to the public with no commission charges.

The launch was celebrated on Thursday evening by WAI along with local community representatives, project partners, suppliers, and supporters, including, Bruce Smith (Mayor of Westland), Simon Bastion (CEO Westland District Council), Whare Iraia (WestREAP), Jane Neale (Councillor), Marg Sexton (West Coast Society of Arts) Destination Westland, and Hokitika Museum.

“It’s an exciting moment for West Coast art,” says Sue Asplin, Project Manager of Te Tai o Poutini Art Awards Committee.

“This has been a real collaborative effort by all the people and organisations involved in making this happen. Thanks to our web designers, we have a brand new website just waiting to beam out over the net.  We have over $4000 worth of cash prizes, which is a great incentive for artists. Our focus now is on getting the word out and encouraging local artists to show us their wares. It’s all very digital this year, unfortunately, because of Covid-19, but we’ve tried to find a way to reach as many artists as possible and get their work out there with an online gallery and an outdoor exhibition of photos of the 25 works chosen as finalists. All I can say is: Watch this space.”!”

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.

An awards ceremony will take place on the last weekend of November, where several prizes will be awarded to the finalists, including the 2020 Supreme Award, a cash prize of $1,000.

The awards are being supported by Creative New Zealand, Hokitika Museum, Destination Westland, Poutini Ngāi Tahu, Bill Blackadder Trust, West Coast Society Of Arts/Left Bank Art Gallery, The Yvonne Rust West Coast Arts Trust and Fulton Hogan.



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