Kate Newby wins $50,000 art award

News from Auckland Art Gallery
Kate Newby is the winner of the Walters Prize 2012 for her work Crawl out your window. She wins $50,000 and an all expenses paid trip to New York with the opportunity to exhibit her work at Saatchi & Saatchi’s world headquarters.

International judge, Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo, Japan, Mami Kataoka says, ‘I would like to award the 2012 Walters Prize to Kate Newby. It has been very difficult to create an order among the four artists’ practices, which are all outstanding in different ways. While Newby’s work is probably the least eloquent by making minimal interventions into the given space, it embraces memories of locations, her personal gestures and subtle actions, which viewers can relate to through small objects embedded into the concrete ramp and the materiality of the suspended fabric.

‘More importantly, the use of natural light and the way the work gradually crawls out of the museum space is the most reserved but radical way of transcending the fixed architectural space for contemporary art, liberating us towards wider universal space.

“The colour yellow emphasizes the cognition for the light and the space and the whole installation offers the physical experience and awareness of both void and silence. This decision is derived from my attempt to evoke a state of equilibrium in our ever competitive and hierarchical society and its abiding belief in power.’


Born 1979 in Auckland.
Lives and works in New York, USA and Auckland, New Zealand
Master of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland 2007

Jurors’ comment:
Kate Newby’s works alert our attention to specific textures and experiences that subtly set themselves apart from the everyday. Crawl out your window presented a series of works developed for the Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst (GAK) in Bremen, Germany. Newby’s projects there, like a number of others since, were composed of simple materials and gestures rich in association which quietly forged links between her host institution, their gallery spaces and the world outside. Entering into conversation with their surroundings in a sensitive and measured way, Newby’s works drew from and amplified the contexts within which they found themselves.


Simon Denny: Introductory logic video tutorial, shown at Artspace, Sydney (5 March-10 April 2010)
Alicia Frankovich: Floor Resistance, shown at Hebbel Am Ufer, HAU 3, Berlin, (25 June 2011)
Kate Newby: Crawl out your window, shown at Gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst GAK, Bremen (28 August-7 November 2010)
Sriwhana Spong: Fanta Silver and Song, shown at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (4 February-5 March 2011)


David Cross – artist, writer, curator and associate professor in Fine Arts at Massey University, Wellington
Aaron Kriesler – curator at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin
Kate Montgomery – senior arts advisor for Visual Art at Creative New Zealand
Gwynneth Porter – writer, editor and publisher


The international judge for the Walters Prize 2012 is Mami Kataoka, Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo, Japan. Kataoka’s curatorial practice extends to projects the world over, including 9th Gwangju Biennale (2012) in South Korea, Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past (2012) at Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, and Ai Weiwei: According to What? (2012) at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC.

Photos: Auckland Art Gallery


1 comment:

  1. greg, 21. October 2012, 13:18

    this is not art