Judge announced for 2017 Rotorua Museum Art Awards

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Rotorua Museum is delighted to announce the appointment of highly regarded New Zealand art curator and writer Emma Bugden as judge for the 2017 Rotorua Museum Art Awards.

Bugden has held a number of curatorial roles in New Zealand including Senior Curator at The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, Director of ARTSPACE, Auckland and Curatorial Director at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Manukau City. She was a New Zealand Nominator for the Signature Art Prize 2017, Singapore Art Museum and a member of the 2016 Walters Prize jury, Auckland Art Gallery.

Bugden has also written for numerous art publications and catalogues, including artist monographs on Michel Tuffery, Saskia Leek, Ann Shelton and Peter Stichbury. She is co-founder and editor of Small Bore Books, a specialist art and design publisher dedicated to connecting historic texts with new audiences.

Entries for the 2017 Rotorua Museum Art Awards close on Friday 11 August, with works due by Sunday 27 August, so there is still plenty of time for artists to submit their entries.

Award winners will be announced at an invitation-only gala night on Friday 8 September. The exhibition of winners and finalists will be on display at the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre from Saturday 9 September to Friday 6 October 2017.

This year there is a total prize pool of $13,000, including The Rotorua Museum Supreme Award prize of $10,000, the Friends of Rotorua Museum Emerging Artist Award prize of $1,000, the Toi Ohomai Innovation in Art Award prize of $1,000 and two $500 prizes for the More FM People’s Choice Award – one online and one in-gallery.

Rotorua Museum Curator Ane Tonga says the Rotorua Museum Art Awards have great potential to showcase the wealth of artistic talent in the region.

“In 2015, there were over 100 entries from across the Bay of Plenty and we anticipate that this year’s entries will continue to demonstrate that our local artists are on equal par with cutting edge art practices across Aotearoa.”

This year, works not selected for the exhibition of finalists will have the opportunity to be displayed in the Salon des Refusés, at Rotorua Library from Thursday 14 September to Sunday 8 October 2017.

For more information about the Art Awards and how to enter click here.

Entries close 5pm, Friday 11 August 2017.

ENDS

For further information:

Joanna Doherty, Communications & Marketing Lead, Rotorua Museum, Ph: 07 351 7831

Image credit: Emma Bugden. Photo courtesy of Emma Bugden

 

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