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’.
TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY to get your entry form in for the Lysaght Watt Trust Art Award! Deadline: Thursday 29th March – before Easter.
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.
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#1: Haven’t received your entry form?
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#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.
Have a great Christmas and New Year!
We are now closed for the holidays and will re-open on MONDAY 8 JANUARY with a new show – a joint exhibition from our Gallery Members and the Hawera Art School’s adult students.
During the break you can get your thinking caps on and artist’s tools out in readiness for the Lysaght Watt Trust Art Award. Only a few months left to get your entry forms in and finish your artworks. Click here for all the details and how to enter.
If you need to get in touch with the Gallery over the break, please contact Chairperson Lynne Walker on 06 278 6612 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Go here for all the info: www.lysaghtwattgallery.co.nz/art-award
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