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Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation Art Award
The Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation Art Award is a year long residency in Christchurch.
Each Award is for a period of 12 months commencing on 1 January. The amount is determined by the Trustees and is designed to be sufficient to enable the recipient to pursue his or her artistic endeavours for that 12 month period freed from the obligation of employment or other financial constraints. The Awards offered for 2019 and 2020 are each for $30,000.00 and will be payable in equal monthly payments.
The objects of the Foundation are to encourage and promote emerging painters and sculptors in New Zealand with particular emphasis on future artistic potential rather than financial need. It was the intention of Olivia Spencer Bower to provide the opportunity for an artist showing talent to work for one year pursuing their own direction as a painter or sculptor, freed from the necessity to seek outside employment.
The general purpose of the award is to encourage and promote New Zealand artists and sculptors with particular emphasis on future artistic potential rather than financial need. It was Olivia’s specific objective to assist New Zealand artists and sculptors with talent so they could devote their energies, on a full time basis for a twelve month period, to painting and sculpture freed from the necessity to seek outside employment.
Recent recipients include:
2018 Tyne Gordon
2017 Dargan Wells
2016 Christina Read
2015 Jacquelyn Greenbank
2014 Emma Fitts
2013 Miranda Parkes