Monday, August 1, 2011

Interest Widespread For 2011 Whanganui National

Interest Widespread For 2011 Whanganui National

Call for entries have been made nationwide since May for the 2011 Whanganui National Art Exhibition and Awards. The exhibition and the Best in Show Award are presented by the Whanganui National Art Exhibition and Award Trust, with support from The Lion Foundation, Creative Communities NZ Wanganui District, Optiv101 Fine Arts and Multimedia Studios, Pub Charity and Mickey's Superliquor as sponsors. More sponsors are to be announced soon.

The Whanganui National Art Exhibition and Award Trust promotes the fine arts in New Zealand. As a leading city in training and nurturing it's artists, Wanganui takes its place as one of the movers and shakers in contemporary New Zealand art annually with this exhibition and the awards.

Trust secretary Esther Topfer says that interest is wide-ranging. "We see that the Whanganui National is hitting the radar for artists all over New Zealand, so we are expecting good turnouts from across the regions", she says.

Recent works are encouraged with the criteria of being made in the last twelve months. By presenting the Best in Show award and Certificates of Merit, the Trust promotes and encourages a career in the arts for the winning artists with these national awards.

The judges for this year's competition are Aucklander Dane Pace, a painter recently graduated from Unitech's School of Visual Design, mixed media artist and arts lecturer Andrea Du Chatenier of Whanganui, and Neil Buddle, trustee and printmaker, also of Whanganui.

The exhibition overall is more particularly an important venue for all of the works submitted, being a showcase of New Zealand artists. The annual Whanganui National Art Exhibition and Awards aims to promote New Zealand artists and New Zealand contemporary arts, and to bring new arts experiences to Wanganui. The trust looks forward to showing an exhibition of New Zealand artists in the city.

Receiving Days for entries into the 2011 Whanganui National Art Exihibtion and Awards are fast approaching.

Receiving Days
September 5 to 7, 2011,
10.30am to 4.00pm
Wanganui Community Arts Centre,
19 Taupo Quay, Wanganui

Opening Function
September 9, 2011, 5pm

Exhibition Hours
September 10 to October 2, 2011
Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm

Entry forms can be downloaded from

or contact
Whanganui National Art Exhibition and Award Trust,
PO Box 7318, Wanganui 4541,
mobile: 021 296 4451