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Pataka Opens Wallace Art Award Exhibition

Pataka Opens Wallace Art Award Exhibition

PRESS RELEASE (14/11/05)

The Annual Wallace Art Awards is the biggest and the longest surviving art award institution in New Zealand. This year’s exhibition includes new work by award winners and finalists Sara Hughes, Reuben Paterson, Robert McLeod, Richard Lewer and Glenn Burrell. PATAKA is the only Wellington region venue, hosting the exhibition from 17 November 2005 – 22 January 2006.

Sara Hughes is the winner of the Paramount Award for her work 'Download', 2005 (Pictured). A mesmerising opt-art work of acrylic on canvas carefully painted to play with space on a two dimensional surface. The prize is $35,000 in cash, a UK residency with included airfares.

Reuben Paterson is the winner of the Development Award with his work “Nemesis”. This strong black and white work glitters with spectrum colours from diamond dust. The prize consists of $15,000 covering a New York residency with the International Studio Curatorial Program (ISCP) including airfares.

There are also two Runners Up Awards. Robert McLeod for his work “Self Defence”. An acrylic work on ply full of cartoon-like images carefully cut around, seeming to grow out of the base that also inhabits the floor. The second of two Runners Up Awards goes to Richard Lewer for his work “At the Break of Day”. This work has been created from applying permanent marker pen to a Venetian blind. Richard also receives $1500 cash.

EXHIBITION DATES: 17 November 2005 – 22 January 2006.

OFFICIAL OPENING: 5:30pm Thursday 17 November 2005


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