Artists from across New Zealand participate in the Manawatū Art Awards
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A sculpture displayed at the 2021 Art Awards exhibition organized by the Feilding Art Society.
Artists from across New Zealand send their work to Manawatū to compete for a prize that guarantees a place on a popular art trail.
Expected to attract over 750 visitors, the 2022 Feilding Art Society Art Awards encourage local artists to participate and exhibit their work.
Since 2021, the exhibition has stopped on Art Trail Manawatū, and everyone who participates in the awards is guaranteed a place “on the map” along the trail.
Hawke’s Bay resident Jackie Kryzyzewski said it was extremely satisfying to have her work accepted for the prestigious awards.
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“It’s always good to see people enjoying your artwork.
“You don’t always win, but seeing your work hanging on the wall while people enjoy it is a wonderful feeling.”
Kryzyzewski reignited her interest in art during the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020. Her 14-year-old granddaughter also submitted two nominations for the awards.
Few art prizes were open to young people, Kryzyzewski said.
“The Feilding Art Society offers a youth category in the awards, which is a fantastic opportunity for young people. When we saw there was a youth category, my granddaughter was delighted to participate.
Resident Chanel Currie, 17, the 2021 winner, said the awards provide an opportunity for everyone.
“It’s good to see that there is a section for young people. You don’t have to be a professional artist to participate in the awards.
Artists could submit entries for categories such as print (oils and acrylics), painting (watercolor), painting and drawing (all other mediums), sculpture, photography and the Youth Prize of the Mazda Foundation.
Feilding and District Art Society director Karis Evans said in 2021 the art awards have a dedicated youth category for the first time.
“We know that young people in New Zealand are incredibly talented and that creativity is important in fostering well-being.
“So, in addition to providing a financial incentive, we hope the Mazda Foundation Youth Prize will give young artists a reason to take time out, set personal goals, try something new, and try something new. explore their creativity.
“In 2022, we want our young artists to surprise us once again by sending us their best new releases. It can be anything from a sculpture to a still life, digital art or a traditional painting – the category is almost limitless.
Entries for the youth awards were open to anyone under the age of 21 and cost $5. The entry fee for performers over 21 was $20.
The works would be judged by artists and curators from Whanganui and Wellington, whose identities would remain secret until the awards ceremony on October 14 at 5 p.m.
The exhibition will continue until November 16 at the Feilding Art Society. Winners will share prizes worth over $6,500.
To register online, go to exhibition website.
Art Trail Manawatū will take place on October 15 and 16.