Judges announce short-list for The Parkin Drawing Award
Wednesday 10 July 2013
800 entries received for the inaugural prize
Drawing is certainly alive and well in New Zealand with a high standard of entries received for the inaugural Parkin Drawing Award. The competition attracted an impressive 800 entries, of which 120 have been selected for the short-list*.
The award attracting a major prize of $20,000 was launched by Chris Parkin, arts patron and owner of Museum Art Hotel in Wellington in October last year. Parkin has committed to funding The Parkin Drawing Award for an initial five year period.
An advisory panel, consisting of Senior Lecturer in Painting at the University of Canterbury Roger Boyce, Senior Lecturer at the School of Fine Arts - Massey University Simon Morris, painter Seraphine Pick and former curator of contemporary art at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Mercedes Vicente, spent hours trawling through hundreds of entries before deciding on the short-list.
The winning submission will be selected and announced by judge, Associate Professor and Head of the School of Fine Arts at Massey University, Heather Galbraith on Friday 26 July 2013 at the opening of the Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts.
“It’s wonderful to have such an enthusiastic response for the first year of this competition. The objective of the award was to bring back the value of drawing in New Zealand by capturing the spirit of invention, risk and discovery fundamental to drawing and making art. During the coming years, the winning entries will also lay the foundations for a national drawing collection,” said Chris Parkin, owner of Museum Art Hotel.
Works in the award exhibition range in size from the small (40 x 95mm) to the grand (3 metres x 3metres). Entries have been received from throughout New Zealand from Auckland to Dunedin and Marton to Timaru.
The award also revealed that drawing is much more than charcoal or pen and ink on paper with artists also submitting Neon lighting tubes, embroidery, felt pens, ceramics, latex, plaster, receipt tickets, wallpaper, biro, and recycled furniture. The exhibition encompasses large expansive works on paper in pen and ink, intimate collage and colour-field works, performance, traditional landscapes, maps, interactive works of art and graphic design.
“We left out of the conditions of entry restrictions on what constitutes drawing leaving artists to define it by their practice. As a result of this we have seen a wide range of works from traditional (and not so traditional) figure drawing through to pure abstraction and beyond. The nature of drawing has always been the subject of discussion and debate. The inaugural exhibition for the Parkin Drawing Prize highlights this, being characterized by a welcome degree of surprise, humour and candour.” said Dr. Warren Feeney, Director of the NZ Academy of Fine Arts.
The winner of The Parkin Drawing Award 2013 will be officially announced on Friday July 26 at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington and will coincide with a public exhibition showcasing all finalists’ works.
For more information please contact:
Rebecca Reed – Communications Manager, Museum Art Hotel 021 205 7718 or Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org
*The finalists for The Parkin Drawing Prize 2013
de Vries Tjalling
Le Lievre Marie
Paterson B. (Allan)
Sohn Yon Yi
van Hasselt Janna
van Roosmalen Karin