Entries open for Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

Entries for this year’s No.8 Wire National Art Award at Fieldays are now open.

Photo of James Wright judge
James Wright – honoured to judge the award which embodies New Zealand’s rural heritage and culture.

The award, in its 24th year, challenges artists to create artworks made from agricultural products, predominantly No.8 wire, and has nearly $10,000 in prize money on offer.

The winner will receive $7000, with prizes of $1000 and $500 for the second and third placegetters respectively and further prizes awarded for People’s choice and President’s choice.

Entries close at 1pm on Friday 13 March 2020.

The judge for the event will be New Zealand sculptor James Wright who will select the finalists and prize winners.

Wright is renowned for his large-scale Corten steel sculptures which are found throughout New Zealand in private and public collections, from the Auckland Botanic Gardens to Gisborne’s Eastwoodhill Arboretum.

Waikato Museum Director Cherie Meecham said having a judge of James Wright’s standing was a coup for the award. “It is also extremely fitting to have a sculptor with a rural background who works in steel.”
Wright said he was honoured to judge the innovative award which embodies New Zealand’s rural heritage and culture.

The award exhibition at Hamilton’s ArtsPost, part of Waikato Museum’s operation, will open from Friday 24 April to Monday 25 May 2020.

The event is hosted by Waikato Museum, partnered by Farmlands and supported by the New Zealand National Fieldays Society.

For more information, and to enter, click here.

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