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Judges announced for prestigious Parkin Drawing Award

24 February 2014

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 Drawing Prize for 2014.

The award, attracting a major prize of $20,000, was launched by Chris Parkin, arts patron and owner of Museum Art Hotel 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

Gregory O’Brien
Gregory O’Brien is poet, essayist, art-writer, book-illustrator and artist. He worked for 12 years as Senior Curator for City Gallery Wellington, curating exhibitions by artists including Ralph Hotere, Rosalie Gascoigne, Laurence Aberhart, John Drawbridge, Elizabeth Thomson and Fiona Hall. His recent books include Euan Macleod – The Painter in the Painting (Piper Press, Sydney, 2010) and Hanly(Ron Sang, 2012). He currently works full-time on arts-related and literary projects.

Advisory Panel:
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 atAuckland University and a master’s degree from the University of London's Goldsmiths College

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.


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