The Walters Prize 2018 opens next weekend

Press Release – Auckland Art Gallery

The Walters Prize 2018 opens next weekend at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

The Walters Prize 2018 exhibition, showcasing the finalists for New Zealand’s prestigious contemporary art award, opens to the public Saturday 18 August at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

The Walters Prize presents an exhibition by four artists who have been nominated for their outstanding contribution to contemporary art in New Zealand. The nominees have been selected by an independent jury of art professionals and the winner will be determined by an international judge.

Artists were nominated for the following works:

BAD VISUAL SYSTEMS, 2016 by Ruth Buchanan

The Making of Mississippi Grind 2017, 2017 by Jacqueline Fraser

Whol Why Wurld, 2017 by Jess Johnson and Simon Ward

Fāgogo, 2016 by Pati Solomona Tyrell

Each of the four finalists have redeveloped or expanded their nominated work for the Prize exhibition.

The winner will receive NZD$50,000, while all four finalists receive NZD$5,000.

History

The Walters Prize was established in 2002 by founding benefactors and principal donors Erika & Robin Congreve and Dame Jenny Gibbs working together with Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and, from 2004, Dayle, Lady Mace, who provides a finalist award to each nominated artist. In 2016, Chris and Charlotte Swasbrook joined as major donors.

Exhibition details:

The Walters Prize 2018

When: Saturday 18 August to Sunday 28 February 2019
10am to 5pm daily, except Christmas day

Where: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets

Admission: Free with Gallery entry

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