Artists entering this year's National Contemporary Art Award, managed by Waikato Museum, will vie for a prize pool of more than $27,000.
The overall winner will receive $20,000 from Tompkins Wake and Chow Hill. The Hugo Charitable Trust is sponsoring the Hugo Award for Runner-Up, with the recipient receiving $5,000, and each merit award winner will receive $1,000 sponsored by Friends of Waikato Museum and Random Art Group.
This year' s judge is Reuben Friend, Director of Porirua's Pātaka Art Gallery and Museum.
An artist and curator of Maaori (Ngaati Maniapoto) and New Zealand Paakehaa heritage, Mr Friend worked as the Curator of Māori and Pacific Art at City Gallery Wellington in New Zealand from 2009 to 2013.
He was Co-curator of the 2011 Art in Oceania exhibition, a major survey exhibition of New Zealand and Pacific art exhibited simultaneously across The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and City Gallery Wellington.
“As a person of Ngaati Maniapoto whakapapa, it is great to be welcomed home to Te Rohe Potae by Waikato Museum Director Cherie Meecham – a place that has a long history of creativity and industriousness,” he says.
“It is an honour to be judging this year’s National Contemporary Art Award at Waikato Museum. The award plays an important role in the ecosystem of New Zealand arts and creative industries in terms of pushing boundaries and ideas of what human expression and creative is and can be.”
Entries for the award are now open and close at 1pm on Wednesday 9 May 2018. The finalists will be exhibited at Waikato Museum from 4 August to 28 October 2018.
How to apply
To enter the 2018 National Contemporary Art Award, go to waikatomuseum.co.nz/ncaa.