Submissions open for the Estuary Art and Ecology Award
Uxbridge Arts and Culture invites artists to participate in the upcoming Estuary Art and Ecology Awards.
In its 16th year, the prestigious environmental award focuses on the Tamaki Estuary.
With a $10,000 prize pool, New Zealand‘s only contemporary art award has been an integral part of the local community for more than a decade.
Artists are encouraged to explore and respond to the estuary “to underscore the ecological value of its vital waterway”.
“Artists will all have very different approaches,” says Vickie Bowers, director of the Uxbridge centre. “It’s really about their interpretation of the Tamaki Estuary, and they can choose to celebrate the area or challenge the waterway’s degradation and pollution.”
First place costs $5000, second $2000 and third $1000. There will be two Merit Awards of $250 + a $150 gift card from Gordon Harris Art Supplies. In addition, first place in Rice Family Partnership’s People’s Choice awards will receive $1,000 and two People’s Choice Merit Awards of $100 each.
Writer, curator and exhibition maker Francis Whannell will return as a judge for the awards. He will also select a number of artworks to be displayed outside of the main gallery. These entries will also be open to the People’s Choice Award.
Submissions for artist entries close at midnight on Friday, May 27th.
The awards ceremony will take place on July 2nd at the Malcolm Smith Gallery. The exhibition runs until August 27th.