A Friends of Pataka Arts Award is being launched, replacing its Box Art event as a fundraiser for an artist-in-residence programme.
The Friends group has hosted the Box Art competition and exhibition since 2010 but has decided on a new impetus to encouraging artists to get creative.
The award is open to artists who work, live or study in Porirua and the entries must have been completed in the past year. Co-organiser Carolyn Wallace says it is open to all art forms, from painting, print, collage, photography and textiles, to pottery, glass and sculpture.
Entries will be displayed at Pataka from May 31 to June 30. The gallery will also provide the judges, with artist Jill Trevelyan making the final choice on who most deserves the $1000 first prize, and $750 for the runner-up.
There will be a $500 viewers' choice prize, and all art will be for sale.
"We want people to aim high to enter this competition," Ms Wallace says. "It's the first year, so we have no idea what we'll get, but I personally think it's going to be very successful. There could be a queue to get into the awards."
Stuart Nicol will be entering an oil painting of the Paremata boatsheds. He says the competition will be a great spur for emerging and established artists.
"I think people will want to stretch themselves a bit. The thrill of being accepted to exhibit, being up for the award, and selling, makes it worthwhile."
Ms Wallace says Pataka has been a fantastic supporter of the Friends' endeavours , as have sponsors Tommy's, the Helen Smith Family Award and Art Frames.
Registrations close on May 13. Entry forms are available from Pataka or at: www.pataka.org.nz.
- Kapi-Mana News