Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Mt Eden Young Artists Awards 2004

31 August 2004

Mt Eden Young Artists Awards 2004

Continuing their support of young artists in their community, the Mt Eden charitable arts trust Eden Arts, presented the 2004 Mt Eden Young Artists Awards on Sunday 29 August at 40 George St, Mt Eden. Judged this year by artist and gallery director Mary-Louise Browne, the awards reflect Eden Arts’ philosophy of encouraging the creative talent in the area well served for artistic talent over the years. Present at the awards were long time Mt Eden artists Peter and Sylivia Siddell, Stanley Palmer, John Lyall and others all of whom lent their support to the youngsters in the crowd.

Announcing the winners, Mary- Louise Browne offered insightful quotes to urge the young artists to continue on the path of creative discovery. She gave the $3000 overall award to Elam student Conor Clarke whose photoshop image combined elements of the natural landscape, the artificial, manicured garden and the picket fence border. The picket fence acted as a defensive border, acted indeed as a barrier of strident bars. So what was it a barrier between? One of the one hand, there is the natural ebb and flow of the tide at Clark’s Beach south of Auckland. On the other, the clipped precision of a manufactured, planned and precise garden. There is little interaction between the two zones – one natural, one artificial, one of this place Aotearoa, one transplanted from another locality.

Awarded the category prizes of $1000 each were Jade Pardy in the mixed media category for her two fabric and stitched shields that declared, like a personal diary entry, the woes of a love lost; Mat Riot in the photography/digital image category for his work focussing on internet dating and the dilemmas of presenting odd personality types as stereotypical enticements in the game of love and attraction.

Anya Henis was awarded the prize in the painting category for her organically rambling painting of horses, cartoon characters and intermingled forms that morph into a dreamscape of interconnected images; Helen Broome in the younger artist category for her in depth portrait studies of artist Alistair Nesbitt-Smith and her video that portrays a diver moving through the crowds of Queen St kitted up in an old style diving suit and entering, at one stage, into the glass diving bell ( the lift) at the Hoyts Cinema Complex downtown. The artist’s ring-ins add to the underwater scene by ‘swimming along’ in the crowd past the disorientated diver.

Fiona Connor took the prize in the sculpture/video section for her video Rock Garden, which documents many rock gardens – natural and artificial in both urban and rural settings.

It is as if the rocks exploded out of Maungawhau/Mt Eden and over time have found themselves in increasingly bizarre situations – some have been lucky and have transplanted to natural windswept cliffs amongst friendly wind swept grasses and the rush of the ocean below. Others haven’t fared so well- being taken to act as artificial bit players in a bad taste rockery with other, smoother stones.

Others have succumbed to the indecency of the rock garden in a fast food restaurant, or have been locked away inside a glass tower’s foyer. Some have been given grand majestic settings, some forgotten on the side of the road. Some forced to act as sentinels in front of fifties flats, some sitting comfortably in a loved front garden.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis Review: From Free Press to Fancy Dress - Spielberg's The Post

Stephen Spielberg's The Post is an opportune newsroom drama in which a corrupt Republican president wages war against the "liberal media," as its plucky proprietor risks economic and legal ruin to bring the Pentagon Papers to public light. Its true protagonist is publisher Katharine Graham, a stringently diplomatic businesswoman, reluctantly compelled to take an overtly political stance in the interests of democracy and freedom of the press. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Black Dog of Empire - Joe Wright's Darkest Hour'

On the eve of England's contorted efforts to negotiate its ignominious retreat from Europe and the chaotic spectacle of the Tory party ratifying its undignified departure from a union originally designed to prevent another World War, there has been a renewed appetite for movies about 1940. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Anger Begets Anger - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

For fans of what Ricky Gervais termed "number movies" (Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven, Ocean's 11, Se7en), Martin McDonagh's latest offering will be a welcome addition to the roster. The Irish playwright turned screenwriter and director has produced another quirky and darkly comic tragedy that evolves around the futility of anger and grief, retribution and revenge. More>>

Howard Davis: Sexting in George Dawe's Genevieve - Part I

Te Papa's permanent collection includes an enormous oil painting by the English artist George Dawe called Genevieve (from by a poem by S.T. Coleridge entitled 'Love') that was prominently featured in the 2013 exhibition Angels & Aristocrats. Compare the massive immensity of the bard's gorgeously gilded harp with the stubby metallic handle of the Dark Knight's falchion, both suggestively positioned at crotch-level. Dawe's enormous canvas invokes a whole history of blushing that pivots around a direct connection to sexual arousal. More>>


Ethnomusicology: Malian ‘Desert Blues’ Revolutionaries To Storm WOMAD

Malian band Tinariwen (playing WOMAD NZ in March 2018) are a true musical revolutionaries in every sense. Active since 1982, these nomadic Tuareg or ‘Kel Tamashek’ (speakers of Tamashek) electric guitar legends revolutionised a traditional style to give birth to a new genre often called ‘desert blues’. They also have a history rooted deeply in revolution and fighting for the rights of their nomadic Tamashek speaking culture and people. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Best New Music Of 2017

Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland