Judge’s Talk: Leafa Wilson Rotorua Museum Art Awards 2019

Date: Wednesday, 23 October 2019
Venue: Energy Events Centre

Time: 12.30pm

Price: Free

Hear from Wilson about her judging process

This year Rotorua Museum Art Awards 2019 judge, Leafa Wilson, will have the unenviable task of selecting up to 50 artworks from the many entrants to form the finalist exhibition.

Wilson will then narrow those top entries to select winners for Toi Ohomai Innovation in Art Award, Lockwood Youth Award, Friends of Rotorua Museum Emerging Artist Award and one overall Rotorua Museum Supreme Award winner.

Hear from Wilson about her judging process in a special free talk in the finalist exhibition on Wednesday 23 October 2019 at 12.30pm.

Wilson brings a fantastic breadth of knowledge across a wide array of disciplines and mediums that make up the entries and offers experience across diverse art forms and genres.

“Rotorua’s amazing art history stretches back to early Te Arawa artists. I am really excited to be viewing contemporary works made in the Te Arawa region in the twenty-first century”, says Ms Wilson.

Wilson has been the Curator of Art at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato since 2004 and has curated independently since 2001. In 2018 Wilson was invited to co-curate the 2nd Morni Hills International Performance Art Biennale in Haryana, Northern India. Her 35-year art and curatorial practice takes the form of OLGA space which is her physical and conceptual gallery that involves artists from multiple disciplines as well as non-artists. Wilson’s own art practice embraces conceptual art through multimedia, performance-art and installation projects.

The Rotorua Museum Art Awards 2019 Finalist Exhibition will be on display at the Energy Events Centre, Rotorua, from 23 October until 10 November 2019.

While the exhibition is on display people can vote for their favourite artwork either in the gallery or via the Rotorua Museum Facebook page. This year the More FM People’s Choice Award will offer $500 to the artist whose work receives the most public votes in the gallery and $500 for the work with the most online votes by the end of the exhibition (10 November 2019).

Art works not selected for the exhibition of finalists have the opportunity to be displayed in the Salon des Refusés, at Pop Up Shop (1201 Eruera Street, Rotorua) from 2 November until 17 November 2019. Works for both exhibitions will be on sale to the public for the duration.

Entry to both the event and exhibition are free. The 2019 awards are sponsored by Rotorua Museum, Friends of Rotorua Museum, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, Lockwood and More FM.

For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone 07 350 1814 or email rotorua.museum@rotorualc.nz





Leafa Wilson. Image courtesy of subject

Leafa Wilson. Image courtesy of subject

Visitors view Rotorua Museum Art Awards 2017 Exhibition of Finalists. Photograph by Natascha Hartzuiker

Visitors view Rotorua Museum Art Awards 2017 Exhibition of Finalists. Photograph by Natascha Hartzuiker

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