Estuary Art Awards

July 2, 2022 2:30 pm - August 27, 2022 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

The only contemporary art award in Aotearoa New Zealand with ecology at its core.

Artists have been invited to research and respond to the Tāmaki estuary – to underscore the ecological value of this vital waterway, and to encourage action against its pollution.

With a total prize pool of $10,000, this year the award ceremony will again celebrate the winning artworks chosen by our judge. Returning as judge is Francis McWhannell, who will select artworks for the 16th Estuary Art and Ecology Award based on their innovative and intelligent response to ecology and the Tāmaki Estuary. He has also selected a number of other entries for display outside the main gallery. These entries will also be open for the Rice Family Partnership’s People’s Choice Award.

Exhibition
Saturday 2 July – 27 August 2022

Finalists
Wesley John Fourie – First Prize
Perry Projects – Second Prize
Rozana Lee – Third Prize
Ramon Robertson – Merit
Alby Yap – Merit
Amanda Watson
Celeste Sterling
Agnès Desombiaux Sigley
Daisy Nicholas
Milvia Romici
Mā Te Huruhuru Artists
Jill McArthur
Richard Osborne
Gillian Green
Ekaterina Dimieva
Suzette van Dorsser
Gail Barratt
Maggy J
Phillippa Bentley
Ainsley O’Connell

 

July 3, 2021 2:30 pm - August 28, 2021 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

Awards Ceremony
Saturday 3 July, 2:30PM 2021
Exhibition
Saturday 3 July – 28 August 2021

The only contemporary art award in Aotearoa New Zealand with ecology at its core.

Artists have been invited to research and respond to the Tāmaki estuary – to underscore the ecological value of this vital waterway, and to encourage action against its pollution.

UXBRIDGE is pleased to welcome the Tāmaki Estuary Environmental Forum as partner and sponsor for this year’s event. The prize pool is now $10,000. Our judge, Francis McWhannell, has selected 23 artworks for the 15th Estuary Art and Ecology Award based on their innovative and intelligent response to ecology and the Tāmaki Estuary. He has also selected a number of other entries for display outside the main gallery. These entries will also be open for the Rice Family Partnership’s People’s Award.

2021 Finalists

  • Mā Te Huruhuru Artists      (First Prize)
  • Katie Theunissen                  (Second Prize)
  • Divyaa Kumar                       (Third Prize)
  • Jenny Tomlin                         (Merit)
  • Franca Bertani                      (Merit)
  • Alby Yap                                 (People’s Choice Award – sponsored by Wally Rice Family Partnership)
  • Kiri Abraham
  • Ina Arraoui
  • Gail Barratt
  • Emily Brown
  • Guinevere Cherrill
  • Julie Christey
  • Karen Danes
  • Matt Dowman
  • Emma Fromont
  • Dani Henke
  • Amanda Hewlett
  • Jen Huebert
  • Kim Logue
  • Minke Lupa
  • TSU
  • Marion Wassenaar
  • Isabella Young


Concourse Exhibition

  • Anna Gibbs
  • Deborah Hide-Bayne
  • Maria Lambert
  • Janet Mazenier
  • Marie-Louise Myburgh
  • Penny Otto
  • Celeste Sterling
  • Celia Walker
  • Amanda Watson
  • Alvin Xiong
  • Nuanzhi Zheng

 

Signature Image: Confluence – 2020 Estuary Art Awards (Merit)

Cathy Tuato’o Ross, Bindy Caesar, Penny Fitt, Heather Hunt, Richard Hunter, Julia Newland

We have selected this image for the 2021 Estuary Art Awards as it is the result of a creative collaboration and is a conscious response to the dilemma of the Tāmaki Estuary’s past, present, and future. It involved conversation, negotiation, learning, and incorporates knowledge of place with knowledge of colonial history and the effects of human activity on the land, the water, and the climate. Restoring, preserving, and respecting the ecology of Tāmaki Estuary is an ongoing project that will require conversations, listening, negotiation, and collaborative action across the different perspectives of all those affected – a confluence.

July 9, 2018 10:00 am - August 19, 2018 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

9 July to 19 August 2018

Opening Saturday 7 July, 2.30PM

The only contemporary art prize in Aotearoa New Zealand with ecology at its core. Artists are invited to research and respond to the Tāmaki Estuary, to underscore the ecological value of this vital waterway and encourage action against its pollution. With a total prize pool of $8,300 the winning artworks will be intelligent and innovative responses to ecology in the field of contemporary art.

Judge: Paul Brobbel

Congratulations to the winners of the Estuary Art and Ecology Prize 2018

Marion Wassenaar (First Prize), Wei Lun Ha (Second Prize), Mish O’Neill (Merit), Michelle Farrell (Merit)

People’s Choice Award Winners were Jim Wheeler and Rozana Lee

With support from  Gordon Harris, Rice Family Partnership and

Exhibition Publication

July 4, 2020 2:30 pm - August 30, 2020 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

Image: Kate van der Drift, Diptych First Quarter Moon to Full Moon, May, 2020
1st Place EAA14

Judge’s Tour 18th July, 2020

The only contemporary art prize in Aotearoa New Zealand with ecology at its core. Artists were invited to research and respond to the Tāmaki Estuary, to underscore the ecological value of this vital waterway and encourage action against its pollution.

Our judge this year, Monique Jansen, is an Auckland based artist and Head of Visual Arts at the Auckland University of Technology. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work is held in many public and private collections. She was the winner of the inaugural Aotearoa/New Zealand National Parkin Drawing Prize in 2013. Monique is a committed environmentalist and organic gardener; working on transforming her home and community into a model of resilience, sustainable living, and active citizenship.

Thank you to all who have entered!
Below are the 25 finalists for this year’s Estuary Art and Ecology Prize:

  • Kiri Abraham
  • Amber Adams
  • Rick Allender
  • Cristina Beth
  • Lee Brogan
  • Anthony Clarke
  • Sarah Davis
  • Alan Fletcher
  • Wesley John Fourie
  • Bobbie Gray
  • Anna Hayes
  • Janna Isbey
  • Maggy Johnston
  • Janet Mazenier
  • Barnaby McBryde
  • Neal Palmer
  • Pass the Blue Collaborative
  • Ramon Robertson
  • Studio Reset
  • Summer Shimizu
  • Jenny Tomlin
  • Wayne Trow
  • Suzette van Dorsser
  • Kate van der Drift
  • Clovis Viscoe

Winners

  • First Place: Kate van der Drift
  • Second Place: Wesley John Fourie
  • Merit: Alan Fletcher
  • Merit: Pass the Blue Collaborative

Exhibition of Finalists
4 July to 30 August 2020

Judge’s Tour
Saturday 18 July 2020, 2:30PM

 

March 10, 2018 8:00 am - 11:00 am Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club

Saturday 10 March, 8.00AM – 11.00AM

The Estuary Art and Ecology Prize for 2018 is coming!

We are kicking off EAA12 with projects to bring attention to this treasured part of our neighbourhood, as part of SeaWeek 2018.

First up is an early morning clean-up of Panmure Basin.

Join us on Saturday 10 March from 8AM to 11AM at Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club to help clean up this unique and vital catchment. 

All materials supplied. Please wear closed footwear or gumboots.

Image: Roma Anderson, Liminal, 2017, Merit Award EAA11

June 12, 2017 10:00 am - July 15, 2017 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

12 June to 15 July 2017

The only contemporary art prize in Aotearoa New Zealand with ecology at its core.  With a total prize pool of $8,300 the winning artworks will be intelligent and innovative responses to ecology in the field of contemporary art.

Judged by Ane Tonga

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Awards:

First Place: Kohl Tyler-Dunshea

Second Place: Wendy Hannah

Merit Award: Bev Goodwin and Jeff Thomson

Merit Award: Roma Anderson

People’s Choice Award: Arielle Walker

Image: Kohl Tyler-Dunshea, Offerings (2017).  First Place, 2017

2017 finalists:

Arielle Walker, Bev Goodwin and Jeff Thomson, Caroline Powley, Celeste Sterling, Cora-Allan Wickliffe, Dawn Johnstone, Hanna Shim, Hayley Nieuwoudt, Janna Isbey, Jennie De Groot, Jessica Kate Tweed, Jessica Pearless, Katy Metcalf, Kohl Tyler-Dunshea, Lee Brogan, Lucy Pierpoint, Michael Prosee, Mo Stewart, Reece King, Rick Allender, Roma Anderson, Rozana Lee, Sophie Foster, Suzette van Dorsser and Wendy Hannah

Thank you for support from Howick Local Board, Turanga Creek Wines and Rice Family Partnership

July 29, 2016 7:36 pm - August 27, 2016 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

Exhibition of Finalists 29 July – 27 August 2016

Judged by Jon Bywater

Finalists: Cristina Beth, Anthony Clark, Karen Danes, Cushla Donaldson, Sonja Drake, Dorothy Giam, Neala Glass, Katy Gundesen, Anna Hayes, Niki Simpkin Hill, Thomas Lawley, Shaun Lee, Wendy Leung, Josh Lotz-Keegan, Steve Lovett, Zenica Mann, Dreama McFadyen with Marc and Psalm McFadyen, Emma McLellan, Marie-Louise Myburgh, Penny Otto, Jasper Owen, Emily Parr, Kristin Peren, Isabella Rasch, Jodie Salmond, Donna Turtle Sarten with Bernie Harfleet, A.D. Schierning, Huda Shakarchi, Katie Theunissen, Sam Thomas, Clovis Viscoe, Rainer Westeon with Claudia Dunes, and Alvin Xiong.

The only contemporary art prize in Aotearoa New Zealand with ecology at its core. Artists are invited to research and respond to the Tāmaki Estuary, to underscore the ecological value of this vital waterway and encourage action against its pollution. With a total prize pool of $8,300 the winning artworks will be intelligent and innovative responses to ecology in the field of contemporary art.

1st Place: Emily Parr

2nd Place: Cushla Donaldson

Merit Awards: Katie Theunissen & Katy Gundesen

People’s Choice Award: Sonja Drake

Image: Katie Theunissen, The Littoral Zone, 2016.

July 9, 2018 10:00 am - August 19, 2018 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

Make a Sew-Free Shopping Bag

Bring in an old t-shirt and learn how to create a shopping bag and reduce the amount of plastic you are using!

17 to 20 JUL, Daily 12.00PM to 1.00PM

Judge’s Tour with Paul Brobbel

Join us for a tour of the Estuary Art and Ecology Prize 2018 with this year’s judge, Paul Brobbel.

SUN 8 JUL, 11.30AM

Bright Ideas : The Estuary Sessions

During the Estuary Art and Ecology Prize, we will be focusing on people who are using art and social action to bring about environmental change.

18 JUL and 15 AUG, 10.00AM

June 12, 2017 10:00 am - July 15, 2017 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

Join 2017 Judge Ane Tonga for an insight into this year’s Awards including commentary on the Award Winners. Ane Tonga is an artist and curator. Currently, she is the Lead Exhibitions Curator at Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa.

THUR 15 JUN, 6PM Malcolm Smith Gallery

Bird Illustration Workshop

Learn about the bird species in the Tamaki Estuary and learn to use pen and watercolour wash to create beautiful illustrations with multi-award winning artist Ginette Wang.  Ginette Wang is a multi- award winning New Zealand watercolour artist, illustrator, published author and teacher, residing in Auckland.

SAT 17 JUN, 1PM to 4PM $69 incl. materials, Book via [email protected]

Estuary Clean-Up

Join us for a clean-up of the Tamaki Estuary with the Tamaki Estuary Protection Society. The heavily urbanised area surrounding the Estuary continues to seriously damage and endanger this unique and vital catchment.  Continuing from the success of last year’s clean up; in 2017 we will again focus on the Panmure Basin where plastics continue to litter the environment and threaten its wildlife. Thanks to support from local businesses in and around Panmure Basin for supporting this initiative. All materials supplied. Please wear closed footwear or gumboots.

SAT 24 JUN, 11AM to 2PM Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club

July 29, 2016 7:36 pm - August 27, 2016 4:00 pm Malcolm Smith Gallery

Botanical Illustration Workshop

Learn about the threatened plant species in the Tamaki Estuary and learn to draw them at the same time! This unique workshop combines art and ecology in celebration of this year’s 10th Anniversary of the Estuary Art Awards. Develop your observation-based drawing and fine art techniques and capture the beauty of our natural world.

Tutor: Sandra Morris (botanical illustrator)

SAT 6 AUG, 10:00AM – 2:00PM
$49 (Materials Included)

 

Judge’s Tour with Jon Bywater

We are fortunate to have Jon Bywater as judge for the Estuary Art Awards 10th Anniversary. Join us for a special afternoon to hear Bywater speak about the artworks selected for the exhibition of finalists.

Jon Bywater is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s foremost contemporary art critics. His writing on art and music has appeared in national publications including Art New Zealand, Landfall, The Listener and Reading Room, and in British and American periodicals such as Afterall, Artforum, e-Flux, Frieze, Mute and Wire, as well as numerous monographs and catalogues. In the past ten years, he was curator of the inaugural Arts Foundation New Generation Award, has served twice as a Walters Prize juror, and as judge of the National Contemporary Art Award hosted by Waikato Museum.

SAT 13 AUG, 12:00PM
$5 General Admission
Free for Friends of Malcolm Smith Gallery

 

Tamaki Estuary Clean Up

Let’s restore the quality of our environment! Join us to clean-up the Tamaki Estuary with the Tamaki Estuary Protection Society. This vital water-body is an incubator for nearly 400 plant species, some of which are threatened due in part to debris. This year, we will focus on the Panmure Basin, where plastics have come in as a result of the Estuary’s tidal flows. Spread the word and inspire others to protect our waterways!

All materials supplied. Please wear closed footwear or gumboots.

SAT 20 AUG, 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club