2016 National Contemporary Art Award
3 September - 4 December 2016
“Art is defined as a form of intensification of ta - time, and reconstitution of va - space, and involves transformation from a condition of chaos to a state of order through sustained rhythmic production of symmetry, harmony and, more importantly, beauty."
Dr Hufunga Okusitino Mahina – Ta-Va Theory
Artists bravely place their work under our scrutiny. In this exhibition, each artist shares something they have never exhibited before. By looking at and responding in some way to these artworks, you change from ‘stranger’ to ‘participant’.
This is the 17th year of the National Contemporary Art Award (NCAA) which launched in 2000. This year’s award is judged by Misal Adnan Yildiz and managed by Waikato Museum. The winner of the 2016 National Contemporary Art Award received S20,000 from the major sponsors, Chow Hill and Tompkins Wake.
This year the three Merit Award winners each received $1,000 from the Friends of Waikato Museum, Random Art Group and David’s Emporium.
ArtZone magazine is the sponsor of the People's Choice Award.
Image: Good Kisser, Sorawit Songsataya, 2016 National Contemporary Art Award winner.
Good Kisser, Sorawit Songsataya
Push Me Pull You, Cachemaille and Bowmast
Fountain is a Copy?, Ella Sutherland and Matthew Galloway
Pārekereke – Seedbed, Elliot Collins
Nest Number Four, Justin Spiers
The finalists for the 2016 National Contemporary Art Award are:
- Push Me Pull You - Cachemaille and Bowmast, Motueka
- The Formation of Jupiter - Yoon Tae Kim, Auckland
- Radiance and Colour - Oliver King, Warkworth
- Watchers (George Bolt Memorial Drive) - Brendon Sellar, Auckland
- To a willing person, injury is not done - Douglas Stichbury, USA
- LITEWEIGHT (The Holy Trinity Of Muscle or Last Minute Tips For 11th Hour Abs) - Gary Mackay, Auckland
- Good Kisser - Sorawit Songsataya, Auckland
- The Essence of Art- Part 1 - Tony Nicholls, Hamilton
- A Brighter Future - Tiger Murdoch, Auckland
- Envelope - Matt Arbuckle, Auckland
- Sacred Valley - Mark Bolland, Dunedin
- Random - Susan Mabin, Hastings
- Phablet 3.0 - Charlotte Imogen Benoit, Auckland
- Departures - D Milton Browne, Dunedin
- Drugs on Toast - Justin Spiers, Dunedin
- Nest Number Four - Justin Spiers, Dunedin
- An Informal Evening - Daegan Wells, Christchurch
- A Booth with Ocean Views (Self Portrait) - Christopher Ulutupu, Wellington
- Fountain is a Copy? - Ella Sutherland and Matthew Galloway, Dunedin
- Monochronic - Clara Wells, Hamilton
- Moon Deed Set in Concrete - Wendelien Bakker, Auckland
- Paramount - Alex Miln, Tauranga
- Rosa Drive -In - Alex Miln, Tauranga
- The Oil Fields - John G Johnston, Auckland
- The Briefcase - Jason McCormick, Nelson
- Maquette for a Monument to Global Capitalism and the Free World - Matt Ellwood, Auckland
- Floor Work I - Rohan Hartley Mills, Oratia
- It Could Not Possibly Happen Here, Could It? - Peter McLaren, Dunedin
- Four Colours Only - Peter McLaren, Dunedin
- Blind:HI-FI - Jonathan Organ and Jessica Pearless, Auckland
- Liberte - Paul Handley, Melbourne
- The Order of Things - Mike Ting, Wellington
- Pillar of Cloud - Brit Bunkley, Whanganui
- Pārekereke – Seedbed - Elliot Collins, Auckland
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Image: 2016 National Contemporary Art Award judge Misal Adnan Yildiz.
Celebrated international curator Misal Adnan Yildiz will judge the National Contemporary Award this year.
Misal Adnan Yildiz has been the Director of Artspace NZ since November 2014.
Previously, he was the artistic director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart between 2011 and 2014, one of curatorial collaborators of Fulya Erdemci for the 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013), and manifested A History of Inspiration as part of Nouvelle Vagues, Summer programme 2013 at Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
Yildiz was a participant of Curatorlab/Konstfack between 2006 and 2008, and collaborated with IASPIS, both in Stockholm. He produced significant number of solo exhibitions with Slavs and Tatars, Cevdet Erek, Ahmet Ögüt, and Hito Steyerl, among others as well as some group shows after his proposals were being selected through open calls or closed competitions: There is no audience at Montehermoso, in Spain (2009), Time Challenger, HISK, Belgium (2009),Correct me if I am critical multi venue project in Berlin (2010). He was shortlisted for ICI Vision Award in 2012 and shared Curate Award 2014 (Fondazione Prada & Qatar Museum) with two others.
Merit Award sponsors
Friends of Waikato Museum, Random Art Group and David’s Emporium
People's Choice Award sponsor