Top prizes for Central art show

Central Otago Arts Trust co-ordinator Maxine Williams.
Central Otago Arts Trust co-ordinator Maxine Williams.

Entries to Central Otago's biennial Arts Gold Awards have been flowing in ahead of this week's cutoff date and artists from the region are also urged to take part in the national competition.

Central Otago District Arts Trust co-ordinator Maxine Williams said so far the competition had attracted entrants from as far away as Auckland but ''the odds are pretty good a Central Otago artist could take out one of the major prizes''.

Those who take part have the chance to win part of the $8000 prize pool including a $5000 grand prize for the winner of the arts excellence award.

The Central Otago artist award winner will receive $2000 and people's choice winner will receive $1000.

This year, as well as paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glasswork, woodcarving, textile, mixed media, a new discipline has been added of video art.

"This time we are allowing video art entries for the first time ... if we exclude video works, I don't believe we are moving with the times'', Ms Williams said.

The judging panel will consists of Dunedin Public Art Gallery director Cam McCracken and Christchurch Art Gallery curator Felicity Milburn.

Winners will be announced on October 25 at the Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, the opening of the Arts Gold exhibition, featuring all the finalists.

The exhibition will run from October 26 to December 7.

Entries close on September 20, entry forms can be found at

NOTE: An earlier version of this story noted the closing date for entries as September 30. However, the correct date is September 20. We apologise for the error.

The Southland Times