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2017 National Contemporary Art Award

29 July - 5 November 2017

Free entry

This is the 18th year of the National Contemporary Art Award (NCAA) which launched in 2000. This year’s award is judged by the Director of Wellington’s City Gallery, Elizabeth Caldwell, and is managed by Waikato Museum. The winner of the 2016 National Contemporary Art Award, Sorawit Songsataya, received S20,000 from the major sponsors, Tompkins Wake and Chow:Hill Architects Ltd.

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First Prize

The Meaning of EthicsKim Pieters

Merit Awards

Korro Korro by Thomas Tooi 1818, Jo Torr

Te Whare Tapa Whā, Anthony Cribb

Fame in Oats: A Manifesto - Manuscript Preparation, Mia Stefano



View – Sarah Smith, Auckland

Levitation Lesson – Wanda Gillespie, Auckland

The Artists Encumbrance – Robyn Gibson, Auckland

Transmuting the Improbable – Sue Reidy, Auckland

Objectmemory – Hannah Valentine, Auckland

Settled In the Soil – Vonney Ball, Auckland

See, Look, Sea – Judith Lawson, Auckland

Promontory – Emma Smith, Auckland

Red House – Frances Rood, Auckland

Great North Road - Tiger Murdoch - Auckland

“Only Love can Hurt Like This” – Luise Fong, Auckland

Back to Work: stooks – Margaret Feeney, Auckland

Written in the Bone- West Coast Woman – Naomi Roche, Hamilton

In place of totems – Julien Dyne, Auckland

Lost in translation – Sean Beldon, Auckland

Te Whare Tapa Wha – Anthony Cribb, Auckland

South Pacific Timber –Ishmael Lotawa, Auckland

'One in Four' – Rhiannon James, Christchurch

Braso Verdi – Thomas Hancock, Christchurch

Flux – Clara Wells, Christchurch

Parallel Lines: A state of being in disguise of a cloud – Ina Johann, Christchurch

Constellations - drawing strength – Edwards & Johann, Christchurch

High Country Weather – Donna-Marie Patterson, Christchurch

Lake Lyndon - Waterlog - 140mls – Stefan Roberts, Christchurch

Slow Inward Fall – Justin Spiers, Dunedin

The Economy of Law – Justin Spiers, Dunedin

In the Kitchen of L$D Fundraiser – Justin Spiers, Dunedin

Fame In Oats: A Manifesto - Manuscript Preparation – Mia Stefano, Dunedin

Trying to be more Maori: Attempt #1 – Aroha Novak, Dunedin

'the meaning of ethics' – Kim Pieters, Dunedin

Insidious pervasion – Tony Nicholls, Hamilton

Gas Station #3, 23/3/17 – Mark Purdom, Hamilton

What Are The Chances? – James Sutherland and Jeremy Mayall, Hamilton

Still Life – Susan Mabin, Hastings

Presentation Porker – Gemma Baldock, Invercargill

Frame and Line – Mel Ford, Levin

Reading Between The Lines – Mel Ford, Levin

Nested Bowls MELISSA – Anett Pilz, Mount Maunganui

Pietà II  – Richard McCoy, Nelson

The line of descent – Andrew Davie, New Plymouth

The Hidden – Scott Boardman, Otumoetai

Chrysalid – Sebastien Jaunas, Paekakariki

Signs of life. Vanity Suite 2017 – Kristin Peren, Queenstown

Korro Korro by Thomas Tooi 1818 – Jo Torr, Tauranga

Leftovers reconfigured – Stuart Forsyth, Wellington

Miss – Vicki Payne, Wellington

Balustrade – Daniel Rose, Wellington

Still, I Found All the Pieces – Claudia Latisnere, Wellington

Hypo-Tension – Alexis Neal, Wellsford

Raw – Debbie Hahn, Whanganui


Judge - Elizabeth Caldwell

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Elizabeth Caldwell has been working in the New Zealand visual arts sector for more than 25 years.

Professional roles prior to her present position as Director at City Gallery Wellington include, Director of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Senior Curator Visual Art and Collection Services at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Arts Adviser for Visual Art and Craft/Object Art at Creative New Zealand Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Robert McDougall Art Gallery (now Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu). 

Her academic qualifications include an MA in Art History from the University of Canterbury, Diploma of Secondary Teaching (Christchurch College of Education) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Art Curatorial Studies (University of Melbourne). 


Major sponsors

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Merit Award Sponsors:

Random Art Group, David's Emporium, Friends of Waikato Museum. 

People's Choice Award Sponsor: 

ArtZone Magazine.