Also written by Julia Barnes
Manatū Taonga and Ministry of Social Development / Community & Access Arts
Tauranga Art Gallery / Community & Access Arts
Museum of Contemporary Art / Management & Admin
2020 Estuary Art and Ecology Prize
The only contemporary art prize in Aotearoa New Zealand with ecology at its core. Artists are invited to research and respond to the Tāmaki Estuary, to underscore the ecological value of this vital waterway and encourage action against its pollution.
Our judge this year, Monique Jansen, is an Auckland based artist and Head of Visual Arts at the Auckland University of Technology. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work is held in many public and private collections. She was the winner of the inaugural Aotearoa/New Zealand National Parkin Drawing Prize in 2013. Monique is a committed environmentalist and organic gardener; working on transforming her home and community into a model of resilience, sustainable living, and active citizenship.
With a total prize pool of $8,300, the winning artworks are intelligent and innovative responses to ecology in the field of contemporary art.
We look forward to submissions from some new talent and hope that this uncertain period of lockdown may give rise to new inspiration, creativity, and reflection of our natural environment.
Feature Image Echo by 2019 Prize winner Mo Stewart.