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Pacific Art Awards 2001

Aspiring Artists Invited To Enter Pacific Art Awards 2001

Entries are now being called for the annual Pacific Art Awards, with all art students and aspiring artists throughout the country invited to enter. This year, they are being asked to respond to a brief looking at the theme of “Perspectives”.

This brief has been created from a range of quotes by famous writers, artists and influencers throughout the ages. Each quote dwells on the idea of different viewpoints that make up a bigger picture. This year’s entries are required to respond to one or more of the quotes.

Established in 1997 by the Pacific Business Trust, the Awards have gone from strength to strength to become a coveted event. They encourage students and practising artists to explore art through a variety of mediums, with entries due by Friday 29 June. All people who fit into the required categories are eligible to enter and can submit as many entries as they wish.

Entrants are encouraged to be as imaginative in their works as they wish and are not required to set to rigid formats. Their work can take many forms, be it sculpture, installations, multimedia, artwork, fashion, photography, music.

The Awards require entrants to provide a 300 word written explanation accompanying their work.

Chief Executive of the Pacific Business Trust, Frances Hartnell says the Awards were established to promote and encourage up and coming artists in New Zealand, and to show them how artistic talent can translate into viable businesses.

“Over the years, the Pacific Art Awards have gained in popularity and notoriety. It is one of the few vehicles by which New Zealand art students and aspiring artists can promote their work.”

The Pacific Art Awards contains two categories – open/tertiary and secondary school. The open/tertiary is open to tertiary students and practising artists, with total cash and book prizes worth $5000. The other category is for secondary students and offers $2500 total prizes.

Entries will be judged by Ian George, artist, sculptor and teacher, Ete Etuati, performing artists and Helen Kedgley, performing artist, curator of contemporary art – Pataka Porirua Museum of Arts & Cultures.

Entry forms are being distributed to all secondary and tertiary institutes, as well as libraries throughout the country. Additional forms and Awards details are available from the Pacific Business Trust’s website www.pacificbusinesstrust.co.nz or by calling (09) 270 1003.

An exhibition of selected pieces from this year’s entries will take place at the Art Station gallery in Ponsonby Road, Auckland from August 3 - 24 2001. Winners will be presented with their Awards at an invitation-only exhibition opening on Thursday August 2.

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