High praise for Small Sculpture Prize
Accolades for the only award for small sculpture in New Zealand came in thick and fast when the winner was announced on Saturday.
It was Auckland sculptor Alexander Bartleet's mixed media piece, Line Cluster, that won judge Monique Redmond over for the 2014 Small Sculpture Prize, awarded annually by Waiheke Community Art Gallery.
The senior lecturer in art and design at AUT University spent two days mulling over the 28 works she had selected for the awards exhibition - among 70 entries from around the country.
She says the decision was difficult because the pieces were so diverse.
"In the end you have to make a choice between different types of practice so it was a challenge.
"But I congratulate everyone included in the exhibition. And I'm so pleased this award exists. There are lots of awards for painting and photography but it's great there is a special award like this for small sculpture."
Alexander's sculptures are usually very large scale.
"It's been a very different challenge working with small scale sculpture," he says.
"It's a different show and a great award."
The merit award was presented to Robin Runga for her bronze piece titled One Step at A Time.
Robin grew up on Waiheke Island and now lives in Port Waikato.
"I left 30 years ago. It's so lovely to be back. It was fabulous just to be selected, let alone win the merit prize."