Coastal Community Celebrates 15 years of Art

Coastal Community Celebrates 15 years of Art

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Artworks have started arriving in Opunake from all over the country for a highlight of our regions creative calendar, the Taranaki National Art Awards. Celebrating fifteen years, the annual awards has attracted a record number of 309 entries from all over New Zealand in 2016. The exhibition showcases diverse works in seven categories and artists compete for a prize pool of over $12,000.

South Taranaki District Council Arts Coordinator, Michaela Stoneman says “The awards attract a diverse range of work with the focus being inclusive for all - emerging artist’s 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.”

Judges for 2016 are Maree Mills from Auckland and Bill Milbank from Whanganui, bringing their wide knowledge and experience of art theory and practice to the task.

The event has grown substantially in 15 years with an ongoing commitment to professionalism andquality presentation by the small voluntary committee. The event coincides with the highly popular Powerco Taranaki Garden Spectacular and recent initiatives such as art workshops for kids during the exhibition and collaborations with local floral art groups all add value.

Major category sponsors this year are the TSB Community Trust, Fred & Eunice Rodie Charitable Trust, OSP Stockfeeds, Tui Ora, Soul Kitchen, Viv Scott Mc Donald Real Estate, Sinclair Electrical and Refrigeration, Pihama Lavender, Corkhill Systems, Pastimes, Coastal Veterinary Services and Farmlands.

“We are lucky to have our volunteers to help with the huge task transforming Sandfords into an art gallery – laying carpet, hanging curtains and laying out display boards and plinths to display displaying 300 artworks the very best we can.” committee chair Clare Moss says.

The awards ceremony offers 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 Awards Ceremony is a great evening of art, music, food and wine with this year’s dress theme, Hats Off to 15 Years encouraging you to wear a great hat to get into the swing of the event.

The categories are: Painting, Rural Taranaki, 3D, Works on Paper, Fibre Art, Toi Tu Taranaki and Photography, with each offering first and highly commended cash prizes.Visit the website to check out past winners and judges comments.

The Taranaki National Art Awards Exhibition will be on display 10am-4pm daily, from 29 October-5 November 2016 at Sandford Events Centre, Opunake.

Awards Ceremony: 7.00pm Friday 28 October 2016

Exhibition:10 am - 4 pm, 29 October - 5 November 2016, Sandford Events Centre, Opunake

For further information call Clare Moss - 06 761 7534.