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Winning wire creation will get $8,000

14 April 2015

An $8,000 cash prize is waiting for the winner of the Fieldays® No.8 Wire National Art Award and there are only days to go before entries close on Wednesday 22 April, 2015.

Fieldays and Waikato Museum are looking to the arts community for some No.8 wire innovation. Fieldays Head of Events Lee Picken says the award draws on an iconic farm product and translates this through talent and ingenuity into an art form.

“Entries must be 75% No.8 wire which leaves scope for other materials to be combined with wire to create a winning artwork. This award promotes ingenuity and takes every day practical agricultural products into the art gallery.”

Last year Fieldays doubled the first prize money to $8,000 and the award was won by Te Awamutu mother and son Nick and Dagmar Elliot with Rustic Hinaki. The award is a long-standing part of the Fieldays event, resulting in a month-long exhibition at ArtsPost in central Hamilton. Finalists for this year’s award will be notified on Friday 22 May.

Finalists’ works will be exhibited from Friday 5 June to Monday 29 June, 2015 at ArtsPost Galleries & Shop at 120 Victoria Street, Hamilton.

The full prize list is:

  • First prize: $8,000
  • Second prize: $1,000
  • Third prize: $500
  • President’s Choice: $100

Click here to enter.

Key information

Entries close: Wednesday 22 April, 2015

Finalists notified: Friday 22 May, 2015

Opening and Awards event: Thursday 4 June, 2015

Exhibition: Friday 5 June to Monday 29 June, 2015

Venue: ArtsPost Galleries & Shop, 120 Victoria Street, Hamilton

Thumbnail image: Nautilus, Tim Elliot, 2014 President's Choice winner


For more information contact:

Louise Belay
Waikato Museum Partnerships and Communications Manager
07 838 6956
021 536 557