Winners of top school art awards named

More than 300 aspiring artists submitted entries in the 6th Annual Secondary School Wallace Art Awards which were judged in Auckland on 11 September.

Top prize in the Painting category was awarded to SuYeon Cho from Epsom Girls Grammar for her work titled Back (pictured).

Elizaveta Zyuzina, from Long Bay College took second prize with her work One Could Winter Dream, while St Cuthbert’s College student Lydia Harden Bull was third with Cascade. Aira Domingo, from Sacred Heart Girls College was highly commended for her painting Inevitablility.

Top prize in the Photography/ Printmaking category went to Whanganui High School Year 12 student Tokarangi Poa for the print The Descendants of Paikea.

Second Prize went to Selwyn College’s Nicholas Kessell for his photograph Fading and third was awarded toACG Senior College's Prudence Bowman for her photograph Ruby Tuesday. Ruben Peterson, also from ACG Senior College, received Highly Commended for his photograph Omakau Abattoir Sign.

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Staged by NZ’s biggest art patron

The awards are conducted by the James Wallace Arts Trust which also stages the main national art competition each year, the Wallace Art Awards. The trust was set up by Sir James Wallace, the country’s biggest art collector and the goal is to increase public access to art and to help young or emerging artists early in their careers.

The Trust supports more than 50 NZ arts organisations with annual grants, including the NZ Opera, Auckland Theatre Company and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. The JWAT has a collection of over 9000 works by New Zealand artists, many of which are loaned out to over 70 sites such as schools, universities, theatres and hospitals.

The finalists of the Secondary School Wallace Art Awards will be on free public display at the Pah Homestead, operated by the James Wallace Arts Trust, from the 12 September until 5 November 2017.