Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award is a showcase of the imagination and creativity of Kiwi artists and DIYers, challenged to create innovative artwork with predominantly No.8 Wire. Hosted by Waikato Museum, the exhibition is on display to the public in May/June, prior to Fieldays, at Hamilton’s ArtsPost. The display of ingenious and unique artwork brings together town and country celebrating the innovative Kiwi spirit in a creative form, paying homage to Kiwi ingenuity and innovation, and encompasses the can-do Kiwi attitude.

No.8 Wire Award Exhibition

11 May 2018 – 11 June 2018 
Free Entry
ArtsPost Galleries & Shop
120 Victoria Street, Hamilton

Increasing in popularity year on year, with over 35 entries received for the 2018 Award. Hosted by Waikato Museum, the exhibition is on display to the public from 11 May – 11 June,  at Hamilton’s ArtsPost. The display of ingenious and unique artwork brings together town and country celebrating the innovative Kiwi spirit in a creative form, paying homage to Kiwi ingenuity and innovation, and encompasses the can-do Kiwi attitude.

In previous years, the entry criteria have called for the artworks to feature a minimum 50 percent No.8 wire. Reflecting the way, the future of farming is changing, the awards will now allow artists to use a wider range of agricultural products, with the dominant visual and structural feature of the artwork to be No.8 wire or wire of a similar gauge.

Award Winners 2018

Canterbury’s Akky van der Velde took out the top prize for her work Outside the Square (pictured left). Outside the Square was one of 23 finalists in the running for the major prize of $7,000, with the judge, Andrew Clifford, praising van der Velde for “creating something magical with an economy of materials”.

Fiona Clark from Taranaki was the runner-up for her sculpture Bushtail Mammal 1837, while Auckland’s Bev Goodwin placed third for her workPlay Time. Each received $1,000 and $500 respectively.

This year’s President’s Choice Award, selected by Peter Carr, went to Sophie Prendergast of Auckland for Life Tree.

Judging

This year’s judge was gallery director and art writer Andrew Clifford. The inaugural director of Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in Titirangi, Auckland, and was previously curator at the University of Auckland’s Gus Fisher Gallery. He has been a judge for the Wallace Art Awards, a juror for the Walters Prize, and a selector for the Arts Foundation Awards.