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2009 National Youth Art Award

2009 National Youth Art Award poster by Zena Elliott

After months of planning negotiating and hard work the WSA 2009 National Youth Art Award in River bank Mall was opened and judging by the crowds present and their comments was a great success. Particular credit goes to Martha Simms and Robin Cuff who did most of the graft for this event. Robin spearheaded the transformation of the derelict Riverbank Mall into an exciting arts venue that a number of artists have expressed interest in using as using for exhibitions.
The entries were of a high standard, of great variety and speak highly of the art talent among our youth –
much better than the six o‟clock news. The Mall was full to overflowing.

The winners were:
Sculpture
Ben Pearce
“Great Grandfather Clock”

Achival Digital Print
Amelia Hitchcock
“One Bad Apple”

Painting – recycled materials.
Mikaere Gardiner
“Time ”

Contemporary Sculpture
Danielle Appleton
“Blown”

Plenty of imaginative work – nothing too cute coming on the heels of the NCAA where „concept‟ was everything. In this Award there was much marriage of concept with talent and skill from the young of New Zealand. While WSA intended that this be a biennial event there has been much pleading from the young artists to make it an annual event.
Hearty thanks to New World Te Rapa who sponsored drinks and nibbles for our National Youth Award opening night!!!
Also to our sponsors for this most successful event,
Thompkins Wake,
Convex Plastics,
Remains To Be Seen,
ZM 89.8,
the Perry Foundation,
HCAC,
and “The Trons” (Greg Locke).
WSA thanks the two judges, Alison Ewing and Kate Darrow for the excellent curating and decisions.


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