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Whitecliffe Lecturer Recognised at 2017 Wallace Art Awards

Whitecliffe Fine Arts Senior Lecturer Christina Read received the First Runner-up award and $2500 in cash at the 2017 Wallace Art Awards, which were announced on September 4. The awards were established more than 25 years ago by Sir James Wallace, with the aim of supporting and expanding the visual arts in New Zealand and rewarding artists who create exceptional work.

Whitecliffe's Christina ReadChristina was delighted to be amongst those honoured at the awards.

It is great to have my work recognised amongst the high calibre of artists selected for the Wallace Art Trust Awards. I very much look forward to using the money to help fund a research trip to LA, Glasgow and London at the end of the year,” she says.

This year’s judging panel included distinguished artists and arts professionals, artist Richard Maloy, artist Russ Flatt and Director of the Centre for Art Studies at The University of Auckland, Linda Tyler. Judges for the Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award were Steve Carr, Phil Dadson, Richard Maloy and Ruth Watson. The newly announced BSR Wallace New Zealand Residence Award was judged by artists Andrew Drummond, Simon Ogden and Linda Tyler.  

For those wishing to check out the winning works, an exhibition of winners and selected finalists is now showing at the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre in Hillsborough, and runs until November 12. From there, the exhibition will travel on to Wallace Gallery Morrinsville from November 29 until January 28, 2018 and Academy Galleries in Wellington from February 19 until March 25, 2018.

Several works from other Whitecliffe finalists are also in the exhibition, including pieces from HoD Master of Fine Arts Noel Ivanoff, HoD Photo Media Becky Nunes, HoD Fine Arts Matt Ellwood, Lecturer Yoon Tae Kim and Senior Lecturer John Horner (now retired). In addition, Whitecliffe alumni Claudia Dunes, Siliga David Setoga and Virginia Leonard and current student Oliver King were amongst the finalists.

Pictured here is Fine Arts Senior Lecturer Christina Read with Whitecliffe Director, Academic Henry Symonds.



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