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Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

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Detail, 2016 Fieldays No.8 Wire Award winning artwork, Stone Age Eight Gauge, Ben Pearce.


Held annually around the Fieldays event, the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award celebrates innovation by challenging artists to create artworks using No.8 wire, an iconic Kiwi agricultural product.

The award, hosted by Waikato Museum, culminates in a public exhibition in April/May at Hamilton’s ArtsPost. The award draws on an iconic farm product and translates this through talent and ingenuity into an art form.

Entrants are invited to utilise agricultural-based materials and a minimum 50 per cent No.8 wire to create sculptural artworks. The online entry form enables streamlined entry, multiple images, optional video links, online payment and a blind selection of the finalists by the judge. 

The judge for the 2017 award is Dr Robin Woodward. 

First prize: $7,000
Second prize: $1,000
Third prize: $500
President’s Choice: $100 ArtsPost voucher
People's Choice: $100

Key dates

Entry closes: Tuesday 7 March 2017
Finalists notified: Monday 20 March 2017
Opening and Awards event: 5.30pm, Thursday 20 April 2017
Exhibition: Friday 21 April to Monday 22 May 2017
Venue: ArtsPost Galleries and Shop, 120 Victoria Street, Hamilton.

Conditions of entry

Read the Terms and Conditions

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