Finalist Basia Smolnicki NZPPA 2019 entry 'At the End of the Day' 2018 woodcut | image size 420 x 600 mm
Entries for the 2019 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award closed on November 23rd totalling just under 300.
40 entries have been selected by judge, Kim Paton, Director of Auckland’s Objectspace and former Wintec researcher and art tutor as finalists for the New Zealand Painting & Printmaking Award 2019.
The award announcement event will take place on Thursday 28 February within Wintec’s, The Atrium (a ticketed event). At the opening, Kim will announce the recipient of the Grand Prize who will receive an award of $20,000, generously sponsored once again by the Vela family. Alongside the Grand Prize, Kim will also be awarding two Merit Awards, one from Wintec and the other from Print Council Aotearoa New Zealand. The winner of the People’s Choice Award sponsored by Gordon Harris will be announced after the exhibition has closed. After the opening night, the exhibition will be open (free) from Friday 1 March until Sunday 3 March. A series of events are planned during this time, including a judge’s floor talk.
2019 heralds a change of venue for the NZPPA as the Waikato Society of Arts, in collaboration with our new major partner, Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), bring the award exhibition to Hamilton’s CBD. The award exhibition will be shown at Wintec’s premier event venue, The Atrium, which is located inside one of the city’s beautifully restored historic buildings on the central city campus (Wintec House). This significant development aims to take advantage of the recently invigorated gallery scene in Hamilton’s CBD, encourage a broader audience for the exhibition and tie in with the visual arts fare on show in the Hamilton arts precinct.
Exhibition opening and award ceremony 28 February 2019
Exhibition dates 1 March - 3 March 2019 (free entry)
Basia Smolnicki is a Wellington based artist specialising in traditionally hand crafted fine art Prints and Sandblast/ etched glass for homes and interiors.