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Finalists announced for Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

26 May 2016

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Twenty-five sculptural works crafted by artists from throughout New Zealand have been selected as finalists in the Fieldays® No.8 Wire National Art Award, partnered by Waikato Museum.

The finalists’ works were selected by this year’s judge, Brett Graham from a record number of entries received for the annual award.

“This year we have attracted entries from Northland to Canterbury and there is strong representation from the Waikato, including some former winners and finalists," says Waikato Museum Director Cherie Meecham.

“These artists have shaped No.8 wire and agriculturally-sourced materials into some very interesting forms and every year it is exciting to see new creativity and innovation.”

The 25 finalists’ works will be on display to the public in a free exhibition from 3 – 27 June 2016 at ArtsPost Galleries and Shop, part of Waikato Museum.

Brett Graham will judge the finalists' artworks and announce the winning entries on Thursday 2 June. The overall winner will receive $7,000, second and third place-getters will receive $1,000 and $500 respectively from the NZ National Fieldays Society™. NZ Fieldays Society President Warwick Roberts will award the Fieldays President’s Choice Award.

Launched in 1997, the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award, held during Fieldays each year, is renowned for the innovation and imaginative entries it attracts. 

The 2016 finalists are:

Becca Bolscher – Auckland
Jenta Griffin – Warkworth
Brett Elliot – Auckland
Reginald Laurie – Kaukapakapa
Akky van der Velde – Leeston
Rebecca Rose – Auckland
Ben Pearce – Napier
Tim Elliot  - Auckland
Jane Mortimer and Dave Sole – Hamilton
Asaki Kajima – Napier
Lynsie Austin – Kohokohu
Anna Gedson – Opotiki
Deborah Moss – Silverdale
Cherise Thomson – Auckland
Ricks Terstappen – Hastings
Gary Mackay – Auckland
Katrina Jury – Hamilton
Fiona Clark – Waitara
Jasmine Clark – Arrowtown
Peter and Jan Elliott – Auckland
Dagmar Elliott – Te Awamutu
Jeffin Tharayil – Hamilton
Eric Fritz Karshagen – Huntly
William Jameson – Napier (two entries)


For more information contact:
Louise Belay
Waikato Museum Partnerships and Communications Manager
07 838 6956
021 536 557