2020 Te Tai o Poutini Art Awards

Aug. 28, 2020

Te Tai o Poutini Art Awards is a regional art competition that showcases West Coast artists and celebrates excellence in visual arts.

Te Tai o Poutini Art Awards is a regional art competition that showcases and supports local artists, and celebrates excellence in West Coast visual arts.

The inaugural Art Awards have been funded by an ‘Arts Continuity Grant’ from Creative NZ as part of the Government’s Covid response package.

The OUTCOMES of the project are:

  • To support West Coast artists by offering a free online platform to show their work and profile themselves in the wake of the Covid crisis.
  • To showcase, reward and celebrate art in our community.
  • To bolster and revitalise community spirit with large images of shortlisted artwork on public display in the Hokitika CBD, and touring to other West Coast centres.
  • To offer incentive for artists to continue making their art during challenging times.
  • To establish a Regional Art competition that recognises excellence and will benefit West Coast artists into the future.
  • To document local artists’ experiences during the Covid Crisis, a major event in world history.

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 website.
  • 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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