Each November Kumeu Arts hosts the Kumeu Art Awards. The event highlights our talented community of artists and recognises their achievements. It also links art with local businesses who kindly donate prizes. Entries go through a selection process and are then presented to our judge. Successful entries are exhibited at Kumeu Arts two galleries in the following exhibition. Monetary prizes and vouchers up to the value of $1,000, are awarded at a prestigious awards ceremony giving us the opportunity to celebrate the prize winners and bring the art community together. Representatives from the companies involved are invited to give out prizes at what is always a fun, joyful event.
We are grateful to everyone involved over the years including the sponsors, artists, judges and our committee. By participating in this event they have helped to support our charity arts organisation.
Judge Andrew Rankinawarded prizes on the night as follows: 1st – Tracey Coakley- 'Brothers Frienemies - The Truce' - $1,000 and a 2 yr Art News Subscription 2nd – Hannah Rose Arnold 'Keepsake' $600 cash and 2 yr Art News Subscription 3rd - Magdalena Urbankova - 'Te Ngahere' $300 Cash and a $100 New World voucher Highly Commended –Mishka Patterson 'New York' $300 Gordon Harris voucher Runner-up - Beverly Towns 'The Gift' $100 New World voucher Runner up- Rachel Moore - 'Fractured' $100 New World voucher Young Artist 16-18 yrs - Davina Wang -'Time' $50 cash + $50 Gordon Harris Voucher Young Artist 12 - 15yrs - Ani Abraham - ‘2020'- $50 Gordon Harris Voucher
Judge – Andrew Rankin Andrew Rankin has been a finalist of the Wallace Art Awards the past four years; in 2019 he was awarded the Jury award. Also in 2019 Rankin was a finalist in the National Contemporary Art Awards, his most recent achievement is a finalist in the Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 2020. In addition, Rankin has been awarded a residency with Connells Bay Sculpture Trust Graduate Studio Residency at TeTuhi Studios Parnell. Andrew Rankin’s practice situates around contemporary sculpture and installation, with the conceptual view of repurposing environmental and atmospheric surroundings, preserving and posing these ideas in his given discipline. Such credentials fortify Rankin’s comprehension of the Art Sector. He has been an art educator for 15year and with a Masters in Fine Arts, Andrew is well adept as this year’s Kumeu Art Awards Judge. http://www.andrewrankin.org
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- 2019 -
We want to thank all artists who have entered into our annual Kumeu Art Awards. The standard for 2019 was exceptional. We had a high intake in the young artist’s category which proves conducive towards the future of art in Aotearoa.
Judge Claire Ulenberg awarded prizes as on the night as follows: 1st – Sonja Drake 'Ferric Coruscation' 2nd – Julie Freeman 'Flamboyance' $500 prize Highly Commended- Carly Jade Anderson 'Hinengaro (jade)' $250 voucher Highly Commended –Gavin Chai 'Interior #6 (Hotel Room in Greymouth) $250 voucher Runner-up - Marina de Wit 'Madeleine' $100 voucher Runner up- Keith Victor Ancog 'The Cottage' $100 voucher Young Artist – Joint 1st- Meiya Julian Takahashi 'Mother Nature' $100 cash Young Artist – Joint 1st- Rebecca Kneale ‘Dad’ $100 cash Young Artist – Highly Commended - Jonathan Khoo ‘Expressionists’ $40 cash 2019 Judge – Claire Ulenberg Claire Ulenberg is a curator, consultant and arts writer. Claire has worked in private and public galleries in Aotearoa, Australia and Italy at the Venezia Biennale 2011 with the Australian Pavilion and in 2018 at the Venezia Architecture Biennale. She is Curator of MESH Public Sculpture Hamilton, developing public art projects with the artists, architectural team, engineers, council and the Mesh Foundation and full time working as the Art Manager at Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, Snells Beach.
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- 2018 -
The Second Kumeu Art Awards
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the second Kumeu Art Awards and congratulations to our prize winners. The ceremony on Saturday was a big success and was attended by over 100 people, including artists, sponsors our committee and families and friends. Judge Linda Tyler awarded prizes as on the night as follows: 1st – Julie Freeman for 'Hidden Depths'. 2nd – Craig Humberstone for 'Shifting Worlds'. Highly Commended- Barbara Von Seida for 'Morning Light'. Highly Commended – Gavin Chai for 'A Hammer Game' Runner-up Valerie Cuthbert for 'Grounded'. Runner up- Di Morritt for 'Ceramics ‘Evocation of Spring'. Young Artist - Andrew Marmont for 'The Jetty'. It was a fantastic occasion and great way to celebrate our incredibly talented local community. Wine from local winery, the Hunting Lodge and Beer from local brewers Hallertau was served at our bar (donated for the night by local props company Rollercoaster) and food was given to our guests. KACI Chair Christine Rose spoke to a full Kumeu Arts Centre and thanked all our sponsors, such as, Gordon Harris, The Picture Framers NZ, Art News, New World, Hallertau, Rollercaoster, Hunting Lodge, Creative Matters as well as our funders The Rodney Local Board, Foundation North, and The Lotteries Grants Board.
1st PRIZE - $1,000 + $100 New World Voucher + Subscription to Art News
Runners Up X2 1- $100 New World Voucher 2- $100 New World Voucher
People’s Choice Award $100 Hallertau Voucher + Subscription to Art News
Young Artist (13-18yrs) $80 Cash donated by Creative Matters
EXHIBITION DATES: Monday 5th – Saturday 23rd November 2018 Awards Night: Saturday 3rd November 2018 Venue: KUMEU ARTS CENTRE (300 MAIN ROAD. KUMEU)
A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
- 2017 -
The first inaugural Kumeu Art Awards was a big success. In total 70 artists entered 113 artworks. The awards ceremony on Saturday the 11thof November was attended by over 100 people, including artists, local board members, sponsors and families and friends. Wine from local winery, the Hunting Lodge and Beer from local brewers Hallertau was served at our bar (donated for the night by local props company Rollercoaster) and food was given to our guests.
It was a lovely occasion and opportunity to celebrate our creative community. KACI Chair Christine Rose spoke to a packed out Kumeu Arts Centre. She talked of about Kumeu Arts Centre’s journey and our desire to expand. She also, thanked all our sponsors, such as, Gordon Harris, The Picture Framers NZ, Art News, as well as the Local Board and Creative Communities who supported this event. Judge Andrew Rankin awarded prizes.
Prizes were awarded on the night as follows: 1st - Terry Prince for 'The Fisherman, Kare Kare'. 2nd - Gavin Chai for 'Gazed Away'. Highly Commended- Barbara Von Seida for 'Coastal Sunset'. Highly Commended - Kiri Abraham for 'Tent' Runner-up Leomie Willougghby-Ellis for 'When the Tide Retreats'. Runner up- Madelaine Abey-Koch for 'Ceramics on an antique Obi'. Young Artist - Andrew Marmont for 'Star Lit Driftwood'. The people’s choice awarded to Anna Filimonova for her painting ‘Opportunities IV- Kea over Mt. John’.
The exhibition was attended by approx. 800 people who left comments in our visitor’s book such as; ‘Fabulous Show’, ‘Such an impressive array of work and great to see Kumeu Arts Centre moving forward’, ‘Wonderful display of diverse, competent works.’ We sold six artworks totaling $2800.