The annual Whanganui Arts Review is the longest running event of its type in the country. In 2019, the Sarjeant Gallery is thrilled to start the 31st edition of this much-loved open call exhibition with a new sponsor and partner in Anne Pattillo and her company pattillo. Supported by a strong group of Whanganui businesses, this year’s Review represents a fresh start for the juried exhibition, not only in terms of enhanced prize money for the winner of the Open Award, but also in the way it will benefit that award winner in the longer term. In addition to a generous prize, pattillo have also sponsored the pattillo project. This project is one where the winner of the Open Award will receive a solo exhibition at the Sarjeant Gallery.
The 2019 patillo Whangnui Arts Review is open to any artist, working in any media in the Whanganui region, including Ruapehu and Rangitikei and all areas that link to the Whanganui River. This makes the Arts Review a true reflection of the Whanganui region’s creative energy.
2019 Award Winners:
Friends of the Sarjeant Gallery Merit Award $200
Frances Stachl If Not Now, Then When?, pruned tree branches, collected, stored, handsawn, sanded and drilled
Recaffeinate Merit Award $200
Andrea du Chatenier Signal, ceramic
Renata’s Art & Framing Merit Award $200 voucher
Catherine Sleyer The Blue Boy, cyanotype on Fabriano paper
Rivercity Picture Framers Ltd Merit Award $200 voucher
Rita Dibert Mousewheel: Contemporary Life, photograph
Wanganui Garden Services Ltd Merit Award $200
Emily Wrigglesworth Kowhai Yellow watercolour
The Whanganui River Markets Trust Merit Award $200
Thompson Kiwikiwi Kupapa or Kaupapa?, natural ochres & acrylic paint
WHMilbank Gallery Merit Award $200
Keiran Donnelly Objects for a Modern World, brass, iron, puriri wood
WDC Youth Committee Youth Recognition Award $200
Rose Hird Rohi, acrylic
Dalgleish Architects Excellence Award $1000
Rick Rudd Teapot, earthenware
Central City Pharmacy Excellence Award $1000
Glen Hayward Fountain Solomon Guggenheim New York 2017, wood, paint, resin
2019 pattillo Whanganui Arts Review Open Award $5000
Kathryn Wightman Austin, PLA
image: Glen Hayward Fountain Solomon Guggenheim New York 2017; Kathryn Wightman Austin; Rick Rudd Teapot
Click here for the list of 2019 pattillo Whanganui Arts Review exhibitors
2019 pattillo Whanganui Arts Review dates
Tuesday 26 February: Work submitted between 10.30am and 4.30pm
Thursday 7 March: Collection of unselected works from Sarjeant on the Quay between 10.30am and 4.30pm
Friday 8 March: Opening and awards function
Saturday 9 March: Exhibition opens to the public
Sunday 12 May: Final day of exhibition
Monday 13 May: Collection of exhibited works from Sarjeant on the Quay between 10.30am and 4.30pm
Exciting changes for the Whanganui Arts Review in 2019
Click here for information about our new principle sponsor pattillo who supports with an increased Open Award prize and an exciting new initiative for artists called the pattillo project.
Still got a question? Here are some Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Can I have some feedback about my work?
A: The judge will make comments about the award winning pieces at the Arts Review awards presentation at the opening night. Feedback on works not selected to receive an award will not be available.
Q: My work won’t be ready on submission day.
A: Unfortunately no works can be accepted after submission day.
Q: I haven’t heard if I have been accepted or not, what shall I do?
A: Letters or emails will be sent to each artist via the email and postal addresses supplied on the submission form. We will upload a catalogue with all works included in the Arts Review exhibition to sarjeant.org.nz/arts-review on Wednesday 6 March. Works not accepted into the Arts Review must be collected from Sarjeant on the Quay on Thursday 7 March 10.30 – 4.30pm.
Q: My work was not accepted into the Arts Review exhibition, but I cannot collect it on Thursday 7 March between 10.30 – 4.30pm – what can I do?
A: A nominated person may collect your work for you, with prior written consent. Collect it as soon as you can and certainly before Thursday 14 March. Works will not be stored at the Gallery after that date
Q: My work was not accepted into the Arts Review exhibition, can I get a refund of my entry fee?
A: No. As stated on the entry form we are not able to refund entry fees due to the staging costs involved in the Arts Review.
Q: Can I donate my work to the Sarjeant Gallery collection?
Q: I don’t want it to be for sale.
A: That is fine, please leave that section of the entry form blank.
Q: What is the criteria for selection into the Arts Review exhibition?
A: The selection panel are art professionals and consider all aspects of the works, including idea, originality, skill, composition, technique and other aspects. Please also note that the popularity of this event means spatial constraints may also play a part.
Q: What is the awards judge’s criteria?
A: Each year a different judge takes on this honour and each individual will have a differing set of criteria. All invited judges are respected gallery professionals and experienced in viewing and selecting works for exhibition.