The 2011 Whanganui National Art Exhibition and Awards planning and preparation is underway. The organisers are aiming for more artists and viewers than last year. This year the exhibition runs from September 9 to October 2 at the Wanganui Community Arts Centre. Hand-in dates are from September 5 to 7.
In 2010 the Whanganui National Art Exhibition and Award Trust was compelled by the judges to instigate two Certificates of Merit to complement the Best in Show Award, which the Trust is continuing with. In 2011, not only is there the prize of $500 for the Best in Show Award winner, but now new $100 prizes for each of the two Certificates of Merits winners.
To date, three sponsors have been confirmed for the 2011 event; Optiv101 Fine Arts and Multimedia Studios, The Lion Foundation, and Mickey's Superliquor. The trust thanks these businesses and organisations for their support.