2022 Pattillo Whanganui Arts Review / 12 Nov 2022 – 26 Feb 2023
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2022 Pattillo Whanganui Arts Review / 12 Nov 2022 – 26 Feb 2023

A snapshot of the region’s creative output now

Visit our online gallery of works in the 2022 Pattillo Whanganui Arts Review 


The Pattillo Whanganui Arts Review is New Zealand’s longest running, open call, community art exhibition.

The 2022 Pattillo Whanganui Arts Review award winners were announced at a ceremony attended by over 300 people in Whanganui on Friday 11 November. The Open Award was taken home by Chris Connolly.

The Open Award comprises a $7000 cash prize, the Pattillo Project – which is a solo artist showcase exhibition at the Sarjeant Gallery, the Making It: Capability Building for Creatives sessions courtesy of Whanganui & Partners plus an artist website designed and built by Two Monkeys.

Two Excellence Award winners also received the Making It sessions and $1000 each, from sponsors Dalgleish Architects and Article & Money Poppins.

The judge this year was Dr Chelsea Nichols, Senior Curator at the Dowse Art Museum. On judging the 2022 Whanganui Arts Review she says, “I tried to come into this process with as open a mind as possible but deep down what I really hoped to found was an artist whose work i wasn’t familiar with at all, and something that totally surprised delighted and baffled me in equal measure and Chris Connolly’s work truly delivered on that”

The Sarjeant Galleys Curator and Public Programmes Manager Greg Donson says: “The Arts Review is always a highlight of the Gallery’s exhibition programme and this year we had an incredible 212 entries. Of those 133 works are included in the exhibition. There’s a lot to see and the standard of entries was very high. It takes great courage to enter a show like this so we’d like to thank all the artists for entering”

The exhibition is known as a ‘snapshot of the region’s creative output now’ and works are accepted in any medium, as long as they are completed in the last twelve months by artists living in the Whanganui region or an area that links to the Whanganui River including Whanganui, Ruapehu, Rangitikei and South Taranaki. In addition, this year for the first time, any student enrolled at Whanganui UCOL studying towards a degree, diploma or certificate in Creative Industries was eligible to enter regardless of where they might live.

The exhibition opened on Saturday 12 November and is on show until Sunday 26 February 2023


2022 winners

Pattillo Open Award ($7000 + Pattillo Project, a website from Two Monkeys and Whanganui & Partners capacity building artist workshops)

Chris Connolly

Past Possessive, Future Possessive (I)

(Umpire Chair In Six Parts)

mixed media



Article & Money Poppins Excellence Award ($1000 + Whanganui & Partners capacity building artist workshops)

Tia Ranginui

Murimuri Aroha




Dalgleish Architects Excellence Award ($1000 + Whanganui & Partners capacity building artist workshops)

Isabella Loudon


171 rubber tube valves and bolt



Whanganui Youth Council, Youth Recognition Award ($200)

Shanai Atkinson


Hahnemühle Photo Rag Smooth



The Whanganui River Markets Merit Award ($250)

Lesa Hepburn

Whā tuatinitini – one leaf, many strands

muka and stone



Renata’s Art & Framing Merit Award ($250)

Debbie Hahn

Below the Surface

archival inkjet photograph on Hahnemühle Cotton Rag



Barnicoat & Co Merit Award ($250)

Sarah Bradfield


pūkeko, muka and gum nut



Edith Collier Trust Merit Award ($250)

Jillian Karl

DNA Files – walking to the awa

gesso, pigment and wax on marine ply



Recaffeinate Merit Award ($250)

Julz Coffey

Lost for Words

mixed media



River City Picture Framers Merit Award ($250)

Lynn Hurst

Gambling Paradise IV

giclee print, aluminium mount with UV laminate



Friends of the Sarjeant Gallery Merit Award ($250)

Ellen Jackson


mixed media



Whanganui Garden Services Merit Award ($250)

Brit Bunkley

The Moss Pig and the Palindrome

P/A plastic, epoxy, paint and wood


Past Exhibitions 2022