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Judges announced for prestigious Parkin Drawing Award

25 February 2013

Judges announced for prestigious Parkin Drawing Award

The judging panel consisting of recognised art practitioners, arts commentators and academics have been selected for The Parkin Prize national drawing award.

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 Prize for an initial five year period. Entries are now open to anyone living permanently in New Zealand.

An advisory panel, consisting of Senior Lecturer in Painting at the University of Canterbury Roger Boyce, Senior Lecture at School of Fine Arts at Massey University Simon Morris, painter Seraphine Pick and former curator of contemporary art at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Mercedes Vicente, will select the finalists for the exhibition at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts (26 July to 25 August 2013).

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 25 July 2013 at the opening of the Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition.

“We want The Parkin Prize to be an award that is respected by the arts community and recognised by the general public as a national award of significance in support of drawing in New Zealand. It is imperative we have an advisory panel and judge who are respected and recognised nationally for their expertise,” said 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.

‘I am looking forward to overseeing an art award that is so clearly based on the interests of artists and their practice. We have an advisory panel and judge who bring the experience and acumen to the task at hand, as well as an enthusiasm and passion for the potential of what drawing can be,’ said Warren Feeney

Entries close 5pm 21 June 2013. Forms and full details are available at

The Parkin Prize Advisory Panel:

Roger Boyce

Roger Boyce is senior lecturer in Painting at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts and previously taught at Smith College, Princeton University and Carnegie Mellon University. His work has been featured in exhibitions at Sao Paulo Bienal, Brazil and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and he has paintings in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Lubelski Foundation in Germany. Boyce is well-known in New Zealand as both a painter and art critic/commentator.

Simon Morris

Simon Morris is a senior lecturer at Massey University’s School of Fine Arts. Morris’ work is often site specific and blurs traditional boundaries between drawing, sculpture and architecture. Morris contributed to the international exhibition of wall drawings at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne and has completed numerous commissions, including work for The New Dowse and the University of Otago’s School of Medicine and Health Science.

Seraphine Pick

Seraphine Pick is one of the country’s best-known painters. In 2009, a 15 year touring survey of her work confirmed the imaginative and evocative nature of an arts practice that frequently alluded to personal and private lives. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Olivia Spencer Bower Foundation Art Award (1994), the Rita Angus Cottage Artist-in-Residence (1995), and the Frances Hodgkins Fellow at the University of Otago (1999). Her work is held in private, public and corporate collections throughout New Zealand.

Mercedes Vicento

Mercedes Vicento is an independent curator and art critic from New York, currently living and working in New Zealand. She was the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery until 2012 and has held a curatorial position in the Whitney Museum of American Art. Vicente completed a Masters Degree in Film and the Arts at New York University and in Curatorial Studies at Bard College. She has written for numerous arts publications, including; Exit, Lapiz, Manifesta Journal and Broadsheet. Vicente was co-editor of the anthology of writings by Benjamin D. H. Buchloh titled Formalismo e historicidad, (Akal, Spain 2004).

Judge 2013: Heather Galbraith

Heather Galbriath is Associate Professor and Head of Massey University School of Fine Arts Massey University. She was previously Senior Curator at the Museum of New Zealand – Te Papa Tongarewa and Curator of Contemporary Art at City Gallery Wellington. In addition, she has served on multiple advisory boards and maintains an ongoing international curatorial research portfolio. In 2009 she was co-curator of New Zealand’s Venice Biennale project and was deputy commissioner for New Zealand in Venice that same year. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts at Auckland University and a master’s degree from the University of London's Goldsmiths College.


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