Parkin Award

Judges announced for prestigious Parkin Drawing Award

24 February 2014

 

The judging panel consisting of recognised art practitioners, arts commentators and academics have been selected for the Parkin Drawing Prize for 2014.

The award, attracting a major prize of $20,000, was launched by Chris Parkin, arts patron and owner of MuseumArtHotel in Wellington last year.  This year, for the first time, five highly commended prizes worth $500.00 each will also be awarded. Entries for the 2014 competition are now open to anyone who lives permanently in New Zealand or has New Zealand citizenship. 

An advisory panel, consisting of Associate Professor and Head of the School of Fine Arts at Massey University, Heather Galbraith, Senior Lecturer in Painting at the University of Canterbury Roger Boyce and Senior Lecturer at the School of Fine Arts at Massey University Simon Morris will select the finalists for the exhibition at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts (26 July to 25 August 2014).

The winning submission will be selected and announced by Judge, poet, essayist, art-writer, book-illustrator and artist Gregory O’Brien, on 25 July 2014 at the opening of the Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition. 

 “We were thrilled with the incredible wide range of drawings submitted for the inaugural competition and eagerly anticipate the innovative, creative entries in this year’s award.  The Parkin Drawing Prize expresses a commitment to the art of drawing, highlighting its essential importance to the practice so it is imperative we have an advisory panel and judge who are respected and recognised nationally for their expertise,” said Chris Parkin.

The competition, in association with the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, will promote excellence and innovation in drawing in all its forms (processes, materials and ideas) and aims to play an important role in fostering New Zealand drawing practice. It is also marks the establishment of a unique collection of New Zealand art through the acquisition of the winning drawings.

“The inaugural edition of The Parkin Drawing Prize attracted several emerging and established artists, which submitted an extensive variety of works. Some of the works used traditional and depurated techniques; others challenged the frontiers of what is generally regarded as drawing by using video or installation. The Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition lights up the significance and diversity of interpretations of drawings within contemporary culture,” said Claudia Arozqueta, Director of the NZ Academy of Fine Arts.

Entries close 5pm 21 June 2014. Forms and full details are available at www.parkinprize.org.nz.