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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.

 


Museum Art Hotel undergoes luxury refurbishment

Monday 27 January, 2014

 

A two million dollar refurbishment of the Museum Art Hotel has begun, with an extensive renovation of the boutique art hotel’s 68 rooms. The essential quality of the original build will be retained while the outward appearance will be totally transformed with design elements befitting one of the world’s leading art hotels, and will match the level of appointment currently available in the hotels 100 apartment style rooms.

The renovation will see 68 rooms totally recreated with ‘Coco Chanel inspired’ lush gold and mirror interiors intensified with the use of wall art to add a splash of colour and richness. All soft furnishings are being replaced and much of the joinery. King-size or super-king beds feature individual Dolmeo reading lights. Rich gold curtaining complements the chocolate and gold European carpeting. Mirrors have been widely used to create a sense of space as well as achieving a Kaleidoscope effect from the brilliantly coloured wall coverings and quirky designer lamps. Even the espresso machines and the 'objet d'art' have been selected with this effect in mind. Bathrooms retain the classic white tiling and marble features while the floors boast a charcoal grey stone tile and mosaics. The classic, large porcelain Villaroy and Boch bathtubs have been retained but complemented with new tapware including a new rain shower head.

“Our goal has been to bring these rooms into the current art design idiom of the rest of the hotel. It’s all part of our desire to continue offering our guests an inspiring point of differentiation from the traditional hotel. We are really delighted with the rooms that have been completed and look forward to welcoming new and loyal guests through the doors to experience the updated rooms first hand in coming months,” said Chris Parkin, owner of Museum Art Hotel. 

The luxury boutique art hotel has been working with Angela Foster from CGM+Foster architects on the refurbishment. The Wellington based architect has been involved with the design and development of the Museum Apartments since 2003 and is now providing expertise for the hotel room renovations.

“Angela has been instrumental in all our architecture for the last 6 years, she is much more than an architect and is very much a key part of our design family,” said Chris Parkin. 

The renovation commenced in December 2013 and will be completed in batches by mid 2014. Twenty-eight classic deluxe and classic rooms are scheduled to be available from Friday 30th January with another fifteen rooms completed by the end of April. Twenty-five newly defined harbour rooms are also scheduled to be completed by the end of June.

 

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