Announcing the finalists for NZ's top contemporary art award, the Walters Prizeby The Listener
The four finalists in this year’s edition of the country’s top contemporary arts award, the Walters Prize, have been announced.
• 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 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.
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