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Finalists for 2017 National Contemporary Art Award announced

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2017 National Contemporary Art Award


The finalists of the 2017 National Contemporary Art Award have been announced, with 51 artworks by 49 artists from across New Zealand selected.

Included among the finalists are Mel Ford, ceramics tutor, from The Learning Connexion, with ‘Frame and Line’ and ‘Reading Between The Lines’, and graduate, Sebastien Jaunas, with ‘Chrysalid’.

The 236 entries were judged by Elizabeth Caldwell, Director of City Gallery Wellington, through a blind judging process where artists’ statements, images and optional video works online were reviewed without knowing the identity of the artist.

The National Contemporary Art Award exhibition will be open from Saturday 29 July until Sunday 5 November 2017.

The winner and merit award winners will be announced at the opening ceremony on Friday 28 July at Waikato Museum, with the winner receiving $20,000 from major sponsors, Chow Hill and Tompkins Wake. Three merit awards of $1000 each will be awarded from the Friends of Waikato Museum, Random Art Group and David’s Emporium.


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  • Lynda Newman
    29/05/2017 8:04pm (7 years ago)

    Well done Mel!