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Wallace Art Awards

Job details

Wallace Arts Trust
23 Jul 2018
Overseas, National
Work type
Awards, grants & residencies, Call for entries
Work classification
Visual Arts


The annual Wallace Art Awards profile outstanding examples of contemporary New Zealand art. Over the years some of New Zealand’s most prominent artists have entered and the residencies awarded to the winners have transformed their careers. Past winners have included Andy Leleisi’uao, Yuki Kihara, Mark Braunias and Judy Millar. Artists can submit work in the mediums of painting, sculpture, audio-visual, print, photography, drawings and interdisciplinary arts. 

The Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award
A six-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City, USA. The ISCP is the premier residency-based contemporary art centre in the United States for emerging to mid-career artists and curators from around the world. This residency includes a studio, 24-hour access to ISCP’s facilities, support from on-site staff, the opportunity to attend lectures given by members of the New York arts community, field trips including out-of-town expenses, and a minimum of two open-studio exhibitions/receptions. The Paramount Award Winner also receives a bronze trophy by Terry Stringer. 

The Kaipara Wallace Arts Trust Award 
A three-month residency at Altes Spital in Solothurn, Switzerland. This residency includes a large studio apartment, access to specialist studios, workshops and exhibitions.

The Wallace Arts Trust Vermont Award 
A three-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, USA. This includes a studio, living expenses, counsel from a distinguished roster of six visiting artists and the fellowship of professional peers from around the world. The Vermont Studio Center was founded by artists in 1984 and is the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the United States.

Apply for the Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award, Kaipara Wallace Arts Trust Award and the Wallace Arts Trust Vermont Award here. Applications close 5pm, Monday 23 July 2018.

How to apply

How to apply:

The application materials consist of:

1. Copy of proof of New Zealand citizenship (passport preferred) or New Zealand permanent residence 

2. One or two digital photographs of the submitted artwork of a suitable quality 
(a.) .jpg files are the preferred format. File size up to 4mb
(b.) File resolution should be around 300 dpi
(c.) If your artwork is selected as a finalist an image of the work may be printed in the Art Awards catalogue. Please note that the catalogue is printed in an A5 format so please consider this when sizing your images
(d.) If your artwork is a video work you must provide a still in .jpg format

3. Supporting written statement about the artwork (maximum 500 words)
- Describe the body of work that you are currently working on and your motivations for taking this direction
- Explain how you would benefit from the experience of an overseas residency in general and, if appropriate, the ISCP, Altes Spital or Vermont residencies in particular
- Explain techniques and/or concepts used towards making the entered artwork
- Contextualise the entered artwork within broader artistic or cultural movements or traditions
Applicants are advised that judgments are made on the basis of the submitted image(s) or uploaded video file rather than the strength of the supporting written material. 

4. Applicants may also choose to supply a small artistic portfolio of a further two or three works contextualising the artwork entered for the awards. The contextual portfolio artworks should have been made in the same period as the entered artwork to foreground a development or an articulation in the artist’s practice. This is optional. 

5. For video artworks, in addition to digital still, a full video must be supplied via a password-protected URL link (e.g. Youtube, Vimeo etc.) or via a file delivery service (e.g. WeTransfer, DropBox etc.)

Please keep a copy of the Terms and Conditions for your own records.

Application deadline: 5pm, Monday 23 July 2018 (NZ time, no late applications will be accepted)

Written by

Wallace Arts Trust

14 Jun 2018

Located in the historic Pah Homestead in Monte Cecilia Park, Hillsborough, the TSB Wallace Arts Centre opened to the public in August 2010.