Announcing the finalists for NZ's top contemporary art award, the Walters Prize

by The Listener / 21 March, 2018

The four finalists (see them full-size below).

The four finalists in this year’s edition of the country’s top contemporary arts award, the Walters Prize, have been announced.

The nominees for the biennial award of $50,000 are:

• BAD VISUAL SYSTEMS, 2016, by Ruth Buchanan, exhibited at the Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Victoria University of Wellington, October to December 2016.

The Making of Mississippi Grind 2017, 2017, by Jacqueline Fraser, exhibited at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, May to October 2017.
Whol Why Wurld, 2017, by Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, exhibited at Carriageworks, Sydney, March to June 2017.
Fāgogo, 2016, by Pati Solomona Tyrell, exhibited at ST PAUL St Gallery, AUT, Auckland, June to July, 2017.

The four artworks were nominated by this year’s jury as representing the most outstanding contributions to contemporary art in New Zealand in the preceding two-year period. The 2018 Walters Prize jury is:

  • Stephen Cleland, Curator, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi.
  • Allan Smith, freelance curator and Senior Lecturer, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland.
  • Lara Strongman, Senior Curator, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.
  • Megan Tamati-Quennell, Curator Modern & Contemporary Māori and Indigenous Art, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

An international judge will select the winning work and the prize will be awarded in November.

The Walters Prize exhibition will be held at Auckland Art Gallery from August 2018 to January 2019.

The Making of Mississippi Grind 2017, 2017, by Jacqueline Fraser, exhibited at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 20 May–15 October 2017.

The Making of Mississippi Grind 2017, 2017, by Jacqueline Fraser, exhibited at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 20 May–15 October 2017

Whol Why Wurld, 2017, by Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, exhibited at Carriageworks, Sydney, 30 March–25 June 2017.

Whol Why Wurld, 2017, by Jess Johnson and Simon Ward, exhibited at Carriageworks, Sydney, 30 March–25 June 2017.

Fāgogo, 2016, by Pati Solomona Tyrell, exhibited at ST PAUL St Gallery, AUT, Auckland, 8 June–21 July 2017.

Fāgogo, 2016, by Pati Solomona Tyrell, exhibited at ST PAUL St Gallery, AUT, Auckland, 8 June–21 July 2017.

BAD VISUAL SYSTEMS, 2016, by Ruth Buchanan, exhibited at the Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Victoria University of Wellington, 2 October–22 December 2016.

BAD VISUAL SYSTEMS, 2016, by Ruth Buchanan, exhibited at the Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Victoria University of Wellington, 2 October–22 December 2016.

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