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2nd annual Wallace exhibit Schools competition

MEDIA RELEASE 6 November 2013 – for immediate release

The James Wallace Arts Trust and exhibbit are proud to announce the winners of the second Wallace exhibbit Secondary Schools Art Awards chosen by Sir James Wallace.

1st Prize: Havelock North High School’s Jenna McGrath for Civilians (painting)
2nd Prize:
Diocesan School for Girls’ Maki Ishida for Seven Deadly Sins (painting)
3rd Prize:
Papatoetoe High’s Rijuta Chakraborty for an untitled work (painting)
4th Prize:
Carmel College’s Dana Chisholm for On the fence (painting)

The virtual exhibition of finalists is available to view online here: http://tsbbankwallaceartscentre.org.nz/exhibitions/wallace-exhibbit-schools-competition/

Open to students in years 12 and 13 for painting, photography and printmaking, cash prizes are donated by the James Wallace Arts Trust: 1st prize: $500, 2nd prize $400, 3rd prize $300, 4th prize $200. Schools were invited to create a virtual exhibition using the exhibbit software. Each exhibition contain up to 12 artworks.

FINALISTS
ACG Senior College’s Sunny He; Kavanagh College’s Ronan Gallagher and Jessica Fogarty; Papatoetoe High’s Rijuta Chakraborty; Western Springs College’s Tomas Andersen; Carmel College’s Dana Chisholm; Chilton St James School’s Sharne Ralston; Epsom Girls Grammar’s Maddison Spiers; Ormiston College’s Ahn Do and Jessica Wackrow; Diocesan School for Girls’ Rebecca Macleod, April Gourdie and Maki Ishida; Havelock North High School’s Jenna McGrath; Kelston Girls’ Bianca Muponda, Arcadia MacDonald, Ankita Patel and Saynab Muse.

“Judging the exhibitions was a privilege and we were impressed by the range of subjects, styles and techniques represented. In particular we thought painting was very strong this year, whereas photography stood out as the strongest medium in 2012. It is encouraging to see strong works being developed at this level and we hope that this is an indicator of the calibre of work we can expect to see in the New Zealand art world's near future.” – Curators at the James Wallace Arts Trust.

Exhibbit aims to free the art marketing world from physical and geographical constraints; to enable true-to-scale curated collections that take you on an immersive experiential journey, and to pioneer a new era in virtual art marketing. Global communities like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin provide users of 'exhibbit'' with amazing scope to launch their art in the best way possible online and to a worldwide audience.

The exhibbit team has spent the past five years conceptualising, developing and refining their online 3D gallery software. The result is a sophisticated digital space with comprehensive tools enabling the curation, management and marketing of exhibitions in a virtual gallery environment that is an elegant, accessible, easy to use and affordable art marketing solution with a worldwide reach. www.exhibbit.com

The James Wallace Arts Trust and exhibbit are working together to provide virtual galleries of the Trust’s collection. Ten exhibitions from the Trust’s Collection along with others from individual artists are available to view online here: http://exhibbit.com/exhibitions

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