$20,000 drawing award: sharpen your pencils

Works from the 2013 winners

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Entries for The Parkin Prize national drawing award close on June 20, 2014 and artists are being reminded to enter and be in to win a major prize of $20,000.

The award, launched by Chris Parkin, arts patron and owner of Museum Art Hotel in Wellington last year, is open to anyone who lives permanently in New Zealand or has New Zealand citizenship. This year, for the first time, five highly commended prizes worth $500.00 each will also be awarded.

An advisory panel, consisting of artist, Dick Frizzell, Associate Professor and the head of the School of Fine Arts at Massey University, Heather Galbraith, senior lecturer in Painting at the University of Canterbury Roger Boyce and senior lecturer at the School of Fine Arts at Massey University Simon Morris will select the finalists for the exhibition at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts (26 July to 25 August 2014).

The winning submission will be selected and announced by judge, poet, essayist, art-writer, book-illustrator and artist Gregory O’Brien, during the month long Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition in July. 

“We have purposely left out of the conditions of entry restrictions on what constitutes drawing leaving artists to define it by their practice,” Mr Parkin says. “The opportunities for artists in this competition are endless – from the traditional (and not so traditional) figure drawing through to pure abstraction and beyond. We have an outstanding panel of judges this year who are eagerly anticipating the extensive variety of works they will be trawling through in the next few months.

The competition, in association with the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, will promote excellence and innovation in drawing in all its forms (processes, materials and ideas) and aims to play an important role in fostering New Zealand drawing practice.

Entries close 5pm 20 June 2013. Forms and full details are available at www.parkinprize.org.nz.


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