Chris Parkin’s $20,000 drawing competition calling for entries

Press Release – Museum Art Hotel
Entries for The Parkin Prize national drawing award close on June 21, 2013 and artists are being reminded to enter and be in to win a major prize of $20,000.

The award, funded by Chris Parkin, arts patron and owner of Museum Art Hotel in Wellington, is open to anyone who lives permanently in New Zealand or has New Zealand citizenship.

An advisory panel, consisting of Senior Lecturer in Painting at the University of Canterbury Roger Boyce, Senior Lecturer at Massey University’s School of Fine Arts, Simon Morris, painter Seraphine Pick and former curator of contemporary art at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Mercedes Vicente, will select the finalists for the exhibition at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts (26 July to 25 August 2013). 

The winning submission will be selected and announced by judge, Associate Professor and Head of the School of Fine Arts at Massey University, Heather Galbraith on 25 July 2013 at the opening of the Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition. 

“We want The Parkin Prize to be an award that is respected by the arts community and general public as a national award of significance in support of drawing in New Zealand. Drawing is fundamental to most visual art forms but has taken a bit of a back seat. I think this award will help develop the recognition it deserves. With drawing the possibilities are endless,” said Chris Parkin.

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.

“The interest from artists and the arts community has been seriously encouraging.  Overwhelmingly, the response is an acknowledgement that the time for a national drawing award is well overdue.  We are looking forward to an award and an exhibition that there is almost no precedent for in this country,” said Dr. Warren Feeney, Director of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.

Entries close 5pm 21 June 2013. Forms and full details are available at www.parkinprize.org.nz.

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