Coastal Community Gears up for Explosion of Art

Coastal Community Gears up for Explosion of Art

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Artworks have started arriving in Opunake from all over the country for the Taranaki National Art Awards.

The annual event is a highlight of our regions creative calendar. In its thirteenth year, the awards has close to 175 entries from all over New Zealand.  The exhibition showcases diverse works in seven categories and artists compete for a prize pool of over $15,000.

South Taranaki District Council Arts Coordinator, Michaela Stoneman says “The awards attract a truly eclectic mix of work.The focus has always been to be inclusive - it’s an ideal forum for emerging artists to exhibit and offer their work for sale alongside more established artists.  The event is a great example of a small town doing it for themselves - it’s a real achievement for a small voluntary committee to continue to secure sponsorship and organise this huge event every year.”

Major category sponsors this year are the TSB Community Trust, Fred & Eunice Rodie Charitable Trust, Shell Todd Oil Services, Parininihi Ki WaitotaraTrust and Fish & Chips and More.

Other sponsors are Corkill Systems, Pastimes, Headlands Opunake, Sinclair Electrical and Refrigeration, Opunake Business Association, Viv Scott, Gibson Plumbers Ltd, Coastal Vets, Nice Hotel and Jane’s Gallery.

“It is a challenge to transform a sports stadium into an art gallery – this week the carpet will be laid, curtains hung, display boards and plinths laid out – then there is the challenge of displaying the 175 artworks” committee chair Leigh Awahou says.

Judges Helen Telford and Greg Donson face the daunting task of selecting the winners next week.

The awards ceremony is next Friday 31 October, offering a great night of NZ artwork, entertainment, wine and food.  It is also an opportunity to meet many of the artists and pick up some original artworks for your walls.   Tickets are $15 - available at the door.

For $20 you can become a Friend of the Taranaki National Art Awards and receive free entry to the awards ceremony, early VIP entry to view and purchase artworks and unlimited free entries to the exhibition. The theme this year is Black & White – dress up and you could win a spot prize!

 The Taranaki National Art Awards Exhibition will be on display 10am-4pm daily, from 1-8 November 2014 at Sandford Events Centre, Opunake. 

Awards Ceremony: 7.00pm Friday 31 October 2014 

Exhibition: 10.00am - 4.00pm 1 - 8 November 2014 - $2 entry

Sandfords Event Centre, Tasman Street, Opunake

For further information call Leigh Awahou -  06 761 7534.