Pukekohe’s Murray Swan has been named as the winner of the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award 2010 for his entry ‘Wood’n Post’. The announcement was made at a ceremony at ArtsPost Galleries and Shop on Thursday evening and saw Mr Swan walk away with $4000 in prize money.
Napier’s William Jameson placed second for ‘Wireless Connection’ and received $1500 in prize money. Third place was shared by Wellington’s Rose Petterson for 'Tree of Knowledge' and Hastings’ Philippus Meier for ‘Ball of Wire’, with each receiving $500 in prize money.
In total, 27 entries were received for the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award 2010, with 13 of those selected as finalists.
Award judge Karl Chitham said Mr Swan’s winning entry demonstrated a “clever twist” on the medium.
“The winning work demonstrates a real engagement with the physical and conceptual possibilities of the iconic no.8 wire and it also shows a clever twist on the use and reading of the medium.”
Launched in 1997, the annual awards challenge artists to create a sculpture from no.8 wire and has become renowned for the ingenious and unique entries it attracts. The award is coordinated by Waikato Museum and held at ArtsPost, and is sponsored by Fieldays.
Waikato Museum Director Kate Vusoniwailala said the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Awards has become a highlight on the national art calendar and offers something unique for artists to turn their hand to.
Other prizes include 'The Fieldays President Award' and a 'Peoples Choice Prize' which will be awarded to the artist who receives the most public votes during the course of the exhibition.
The finalists' work will be exhibited at ArtsPost from 4 June until 28 June.