Artists from across New Zealand, from Kaipara in Northland to Waikaia in Southland, have been named as finalists in this year’s Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award – which will go ahead after a two-month delay caused by the Covid-19 crisis.
Winners will be announced on 2 July and the finalists’ exhibition will run from 3 July to 3 August at ArtsPost in Hamilton.
The annual award challenges artists to create sculptures using No 8 wire and other agricultural materials.
Waikato Museum manages the award, and director Cherie Meecham said it was fitting it could continue in spite of the immense challenges that still lie ahead and that all New Zealanders face together.
NZ National Fieldays Society President James Allen said there are extraordinary times. “We were determined to find a way to continue with this iconic exhibition which expresses our agricultural traditions and values in artform. Resilience is something the rural sector has had to embrace. We all need something uplifting in our lives over the next weeks and months, so I hope this award and exhibition will help to play its part. “
The award is sponsored by the Momentum Waikato Community Foundation, CEO Kelvyn Eglinton said community Foundations like Momentum Waikato are building regional endowment funds around the country. “The Covid-19 crisis is prompting rural communities to look at long-term funding and impact investment strategies to improve their social resilience.”
Twenty-eight artworks by 27 artists have been selected for the exhibition that was originally planned to run from 24 April to 25 May at Hamilton’s ArtsPost.
Works by finalists from past years including Tim Elliot, John Mulholland, Ricks Terstappen, Akky van der Velde and Bev Goodwin have made it into this year’s selection.
“Not only have this year’s finalists been able to demonstrate the versatility of our most recognisable agricultural supply material, but also they have used it in ways that soar beyond the constraints imposed to make imaginative and creative statements,” said award judge, sculptor James Wright.
The overall winner will receive $5000 and the second and third place-getters will receive $800 and $300 respectively.
The 2020 finalists are:
Terry Haines, Te Koopuru, Kaipara, Northland
John Mulholland and Philipp Ripa, Warkworth, Auckland
Reginald Laurie, Kaukapakapa, Auckland
Jeff Thomson, Auckland
Tim Elliot, Auckland
Bev Goodwin, Auckland
Sophie Prendergast, Auckland
Jeffin Tharayil, Hamilton
Naomi Roche, Hamilton
Elwyn Stone, Hamilton
Tony Gray, Morrinsville, Waikato
Nigel Olesen, Morrinsville, Waikato
Leonaldo, Cambridge, Waikato
Toni van der Hulat, Te Awamutu, Waikato
Nalita Tei, Parawera, Waikato
Sarah-Kay Coulter, Waihi Beach, Bay of Plenty
Anna Gedson, Oopootiki, Bay of Plenty
Jack Gower, Taupoo
Conor Jeory, Gisborne
Asaki Kajima, Napier
Sharleen Gamble, Napier
Ricks Terstappen, Hastings
Lee Woodman, Nelson
Bruce Stilwell, Richmond, Nelson
Akky van der Velde, Leeston, Canterbury
Annie Bourque, Waikaia, Southland