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Winners at the Lysaght Watt Trust Art Award opening night

2018 First Overall Winner Nour Hassan with her artwork ‘Beat’.
2018 First Overall Winner Nour Hassan receiving her $3000 Lysaght Watt Trust award from judge Bill Milbank.
2018 Local Artist Winner Jean Finer with her entry ‘On, Upward Through the Herb-fields’ – being congratulated by one of the Exhibition Co-Ordinators, Margaret Springett.
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First-time exhibitor wins at art awards


2018 First Overall Winner Nour Hassan with her artwork ‘Beat’.   Photo / Kris Boult

An artist exhibiting her work for the first time beat off a record number of entrants to win a Taranaki arts event.

Nour Hassan’s painting, ‘Beat’, was judged the best among 87 mixed media entries at Hāwera’s Lysaght Watt Trust awards on May 3.

The theme this year was ‘Rising’, and Hassan, of Auckland, submitted a picture of a woman’s face coming out of the water.

“I just drove down as I wanted to be part of my first exhibition, so it feels pretty awesome and really surreal to have won this,” she said.

“I didn’t know I’d won it till I got here today.”

She said the painting is part of a series and the inspiration came from her own relationship with water.

Hassan took up painting because she wanted her work to connect to people.

The awards have been running since 2013 and Lysaght Watt Gallery chairperson Lynne Walker said they usually attracted around 70 entries.

She put this year’s increase in numbers down to the ‘Rising’ theme.

“It’s a theme which obviously appealed to a wide range of people as we’ve had entries from Dunedin right through to Northland,” she said.

Judge Bill Millbank, from Whanganui, choose the winners of six categories, which included both 3D and 2D awards as well as best local artist award.

A final category, the people’s choice award, will be chosen by people who attend the gallery exhibition, which runs from May 4 until June 10.

Millbank said women and their struggles was a common theme in a lot of the work and making the final decision wasn’t easy.

“A good 20 or 30 of the works stood out almost immediately,” he said.

“There were some very good paintings and works but in the end the you have to make a personal choice and the one that spoke to me the most won out.

“Although I’m not sure everyone will agree with my selection as it’s extremely subjective.”

Walker also announced the theme for the 2019 competition will be ‘Time Out’.

Source: First-time exhibitor wins at art awards | Stuff.co.nz

2018 Lysaght Watt Trust Art Award Official Prize List

Lysaght Watt Trust FIRST OVERALL AWARD – $3000:
Nour Hassan (Auckland) for Beat

Meremere/Ohangai Rural Women HIGHLY COMMENDED 2D AWARD – $500:
Joon-Hee Park (Auckland) for Sweet Dreams II

Neil Walker & Family HIGHLY COMMENDED 3D AWARD -$500:
Blue W Black (Dunedin) for Repotted

Grieves Electrical COMMENDED 2D AWARD – $250:
Sophie Joy Prendergast (Auckland) for Transition

Beccard Motors COMMENDED 3D AWARD – $250:
Di West (Opua, Northland) for Star Finder

Tandem Group LOCAL ARTIST AWARD – $250:
Jean Finer (Hawera) for On, Upward Through the Herb-fields

Normanby Fibreglass PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD – $250:
This is awarded to the artwork with the most votes from the public by the end of the show. This will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

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Hawera High School folios now on show

Hawera High School Exhibition
Monday 9th April – Saturday 28th April 2018

Every year the Lysaght Watt Gallery grants a valuable opportunity to Hawera High School students studying Art and Photography.

Selected folios from all three levels of NCEA are displayed in the Gallery, providing the pupils with a public platform to display their hard work and creative talents.

The exhibition not only highlights the students’ skills and inventiveness, it also showcases their improvement as they study over their senior high school years.

The Hawera High School show always draws large numbers of visitors flocking in to admire the artwork, as well as proud family and friends.

The folios are on show until Friday 28th April. Make sure to come along and see what South Taranaki’s young artists are creating!

Deadline for Art Award entry forms

TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY to get your entry form in for the Lysaght Watt Trust Art Award! Deadline: Thursday 29th March – before Easter.

Click here for all the information on the Art Award

You have another 4 weeks after that to finish your artwork – so it’s time to get working! Remember, there is a First Overall Award of $3000, plus 6 other cash prizes. Entries accepted in both 2D & 3D media.

PLEASE NOTE: Did you request an entry form on our website between Sat 24 Feb + Fri 16 March and didn’t have one sent out to you within 3 days? We had a temporary bug (now all fixed) – please request another one here.

Only 3 more days to see what our diverse locals can do!

Some more wonderful works from our current exhibition Diverse Locals. On till Thursday 29 Mar – ONLY 3 MORE DAYS! Make sure to come down and have a look before Easter.

This show features artwork by 45 South Taranaki artists – showcasing the wide range of skills, creative strengths and scope of subject and media they use.

Curated by Michaela Stoneman, South Taranaki District Council Arts Co-ordinator.

Find out more here: www.lysaghtwattgallery.co.nz/exhibitions

Diverse art and artists

Just a few of the fantastic works from our current exhibition Diverse Locals. On till Thu 29th Mar – make sure to have a look before Easter!

This show features work by 45 South Taranaki artists – showcasing the wide range of skills, creative strengths and scope of subject and media they use.

Curated by Michaela Stoneman, South Taranaki District Council Arts Co-ordinator.

Find out more here: www.lysaghtwattgallery.co.nz/exhibitions

Important notice about Lysaght Watt Trust Art ward

Two important things about the upcoming Lysaght Watt Trust Art Award:

#1: Haven’t received your entry form?

Did you request an Entry Form on our website between Sat 24 Feb + Fri 16 March and didn’t have one sent out to you within 3 days? Please request another Form here:

(We had a temporary bug in our contact system – now all fixed! Many apologies for any inconvenience caused.)

#2: Entry form deadline!

There are less than 2 WEEKS LEFT to get those Entry Forms in. First Overall Award of $3000, plus 6 other cash prizes. Entries accepted in both 2D & 3D media. www.lysaghtwattgallery.co.nz/art-award.
 
 

Local artists use art to illustrate diversity

An article about our current Diverse Locals exhibitition – by Kris Boult on Stuff.co.nz.

Closer by Paul Hutchinson from Puniho (Oil on Board)

A new exhibition showcases a range of South Taranaki visual artists.

The Diverse Locals exhibit, at Hāwera’s Lysaght Watt Gallery, runs until March 29 and brings together the work of 45 artists with the aim to promote the wide range of skills, creative strengths and scope of subject and media they use.

South Taranaki District Council arts co-ordinator and exhibition curator Michaela Stoneman said they had not had an exhibition from them for a few years and there were some amazing people doing great things.

“By showcasing this work we’ll hopefully change local peoples perceptions of the creativity and artistic output we have in South Taranaki,” she said.

“We have a very clever bunch of artists working in our communities. I’m constantly blown away by their commitment, their contribution to our social framework and the vast range of skills they demonstrate through their work..”

Works include painting, sculpture, weaving, printmaking, fibre, photography, glass, assemblage, drawing and collage and feature artists from all areas of the South Taranaki district, including Waverley, Oeo, Warea, Ohawe, Patea, Opunake, Hawera, Eltham, Pungarehu and Whenuakura.

Stoneman said visual art could show a lot about identity and could help define who we were and how we responded to where we live.

“It’ll be interesting to see how it all works together and seeing some of the relationships that make the work South Taranaki,” she said.

South Taranaki has attracted a lot of new artists to the area so there will be a good mix of emerging as well as established artists work on display.

“There will be a lot of new work for people to see and some artists had even done work specifically for this exhibition,” Stoneman said.

Stoneman was encouraging people to come to the exhibition opening on March 6 at 6pm and to meet some of the artists and get a first hand account of their work.

“Every piece of work has a back story which is really interesting to hear.”

The South Taranaki artists featured in the exhibition are: Aaron Tippett, Barbara Clegg, Beck White, Bianca Mitchell, Bonita Bigham, Bonnie McIntee, Carl Fairweather, Caryl Murray, Cath Sheard, Cherie Do Vale, Cecilia Russell, Celeste & Mike Cole, Claire Jensen, Claire Whiston, Dale Copeland, Dimmie Danielewski, Dora Baker, Erryn Willcox, Errin Rita, Gabrielle Belz, Gaby Mullholland, Gail Thompson, Jennifer Laracy, Jimi Walsh, Jonny de Painter, Karen Dey, Lisa Walsh, Maree Liddington, Maree Stowe, Marianne Muggeridge, Mark Bellringer, Milli Purpil, Myfanwy Morris, Nicky Gray, Paul Burgham, Paul Hutchinson, Philip Nuku, Puhu Nuku, Rachael Johnson, Rhegan Brooks, Roger Morris, Scott Hayman, Terry Ashford and Viv Davy.

Source: Local artists use diversity to illustrate diversity | by KRIS BOULT, Stuff.co.nz, 11:50am March 6 2018