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Top Prize for Whitecliffe Fine Arts Graduate

Recent Whitecliffe Fine Arts graduate Kohl Tyler-Dunshea has won the Estuary Art and Ecology Prize 2017 – the only art prize in New Zealand “with ecology at its core”.

Kohl Tyler-Dunshea's artwork

The awards ceremony took place last month at Uxbridge Arts & Culture - Malcolm Smith Gallery in Howick.  Whitecliffe Lecturer Caroline Powley, Fine Arts graduate Dawn Johnstone and current Fine Arts student Sophie Foster were also finalists for the prize, which included $5000 in cash.

Kohl was thrilled to win first place for her vibrant, dynamic work ‘Offerings’, pictured here.

“Winning this year’s Estuary Art and Ecology Prize was surreal, I still can't believe it,” she says.

“I have always been interested in exploring the space in which art and ecology intersect. Therefore, entering the only art award in Aotearoa that has a focus on ecology had been a goal of mine for a while.”

With the prize money Kohl plans to purchase art supplies for future projects and set aside some funds for overseas travel.

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