26th Annual Wallace Art Awards 2017
The Annual Wallace Art Awards was started by Sir James Wallace in 1992 to encourage the visual arts in New Zealand and in particular to reward those producing outstanding work with residencies and educational grants as well as to give artists exposure to the public by way of exhibitions. The Awards are the longest surviving and largest annual art awards of their kind in New Zealand, with a value amounting to over $220,000.
The Awards began with just one Paramount prize and have since grown to encompass four major prizes of international residencies and three other monetary prizes. The judges change each year and consist of a panel of practitioners, institution leaders, past winners and academics.
Almost all of the winners were emerging artists at the time they won and have since gone on to establish very successful careers in the arts. Most have received great critical acclaim and have enjoyed acquisitions by major collections both in New Zealand and overseas.
The Wallace Gallery Morrinsville is proud to host the exhibition of 2017 finalists and winners from the 29th of November to the 28th of January 2018 in the Wallace Arts Trust Collection Gallery.
Opening preview: 6 - 8pm, Saturday the 2nd of December.