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National Contemporary Art Award 2021

18 September - 28 November 2021

Free entry

Brave, colourful, and never shy. The art of now.

Each year the National Contemporary Art Award brings the best in Aotearoa contemporary art to the Waikato. The finalists on display are selected via a blind-judging process by the annually appointed judge.

The overall winner in 2021 received $20,000 from co-sponsors Tompkins Wake and Chow:Hill Architects. The Hugo Charitable Trust Award of $5000 went to the runner-up, and the merit award winners received $1000 each, supported by Random Art Group and Friends of Waikato Museum.

Winner of the 2021 National Contemporary Art Award was announced on 18 September. The $250 Campbell Smith Memorial People’s Choice Award winner will be decided by public vote before the exhibition closes on 28 November.

Winners

National Contemporary Art Award

Palmolive
Caryline Boreham

Hugo Award for the runner-up

Rua Kēnana and Pinepine Te Rika’s descent from Mt Maungapōhatu
Brett a’Court

Friends of the Waikato Museum Merit Award

Gaze
D Milton Browne

Random Art Group Merit Award

The Art of Value
John Guy Johnston

Campbell Smith Memorial People’s Choice Award

TBA

 

Finalists

The finalists for the 2021 National Contemporary Art Award are:

  • Rua Kēnana and Pinepine Te Rika's descent from Mt. Maungapōhatu – Brett a'Court, Northland (Runner up, 2021 National Contemporary Art Award)
  • Nexus – Denise Batchelor, Northland
  • Palmolive – Caryline Boreham, Auckland (Winner, 2021 National Contemporary Art Award)
  • The Killing Chain – Brit Bunkley, Whanganui
  • Fruit Bowl IIII - Oliver Cain, Auckland
  • Equanimity (2021) – Trish Campbell, Auckland
  • Untitled – Alex Chalmers, Whangārei
  • Aletheia – Julia Christey, Hamilton
  • Concrete 2 – Ruth Cleland, Auckland
  • Joy Mountain - Natasha Cousens, Tauranga
  • Maelstrom - David Cowlard, Auckland
  • 2021 – Antony Densham, Auckland
  • lab 20-10AB – Leslie Falls, Hastings
  • Hikoi rā- walk there – Fraser Findlay, Whanganui
  • ART – Stuart Forsyth, Wellington
  • No Meat And All Vege – Jacquelyn Greenbank, Christchurch
  • The genius loci of the chapel – Natalie Guy, Auckland
  • Solv No. 4 – Levi Hawken, Auckland
  • The Art of Value – John Guy Johnston, Auckland (Merit Award, 2021 National Contemporary Art Award)
  • Anatomy of a Stream – Paul V Johnston, Auckland
  • Sol 956 – Yoon Tae Kim, Auckland
  • Hope is the Thing with Feathers 2 – Rozana Lee, Auckland
  • Flagstaff Hill, April 2021 – Thomas Lord, Dunedin
  • The Incredible Lightness Of Being – Kaye McGarva, Havelock North
  • Gaze – D Milton Browne, Dunedin (Merit Award, 2021 National Contemporary Art Award)
  • La teu le vā – Leanne Morrison, Hastings
  • Late Model Mazda – Mark Purdom, Hamilton
  • Solo Exercise – Naomi Roche, Hamilton
  • Malaga – Raymond Sagapolutele, Auckland
  • Has It Ever Been More Tense Than Now: The Post Covid Apocalypse – Kyle Sattler, Tauranga
  • rorrim lartnec – Mark Soltero, Lyttelton
  • Companion Pieces – Natalie Tozer, Auckland
  • The Misunderstanding – May Trubuhovich, Auckland
  • Diasporas Children – Telly Tuita, Wellington
  • Blue Hours – Haihui Wang, Auckland
  • Wishing well – Cora-Allan Wickliffe, Auckland
  • Progress – Alex Wilkinson and Ben Wilson, Kihikihi
  • AhoTāniko (connection) – Sheree Willman, Wellington

2021 Judge

The Dowse Art Museum Director Karl Chitham (Ngaa Puhi, Te Uriroroi) selected 2021’s finalists and prize winners through a blind-judging process. He is an experienced judge, with recent credits including the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards and the selection panel for the New Zealand Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Well-known in art circles around New Zealand, Chitham has held curatorial roles at Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga, Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa, and Objectspace.

 

Major Sponsors

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Hugo Award

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Merit Awards

Random Art Group

Friends of Waikato Museum

People's Choice Award

Family of former Waikato Museum Director Campbell Smith