The annual Whanganui Arts Review is the longest running event of its type in the country and in 2018 it clocks up 30 years.
The 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.
This year submissions day was on Tuesday 27 February and we had 149 works submitted for consideration. Of that number 117 were selected for exhibition by a professional panel including Sarjeant Gallery Assistant Curator Jessica Kidd, Tylee Cottage Artist in Residence Kate Fitzharris and glass artist David Murray. Karl Chitham, Director of the Tauranga Art Gallery came to Whanganui to judge the exhibition and allocate the Open Award, Excellence Award and the several Merit Awards.
2018 Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui Open Award ($2000)
Kathryn Wightman Breathe, kiln-formed glass, sintered glass powder
Central City Pharmacy Excellence Award ($1000)
Lee Morgan les demoiselles; if only for one night, tea bags, acrylic paint and ink
Renata’s Art & Framing Merit Award ($200)
Oscar Toy 042 pen on paper
Friends of the Sarjeant Gallery Merit Award ($200)
Kay Benseman Speak up small red thing (from Jenny Bornholdt’s ‘Weighing up the Heart’), photographic print on archival paper
Rivercity Picture Framers Merit Award ($200)
Margaret Silverwood Hover, pencil, coloured pencil and watercolour on paper
Recaffeinate Merit Award ($200)
Matt Dutton Plymouth, acrylic on canvas
Ceramic Lounge Merit Award ($200)
Jonathon Cuff Untitled, mixed media
WHMilbank Gallery Merit Award ($200)
Prakash Patel Immigrant, acrylic on canvas
The Whanganui River Traders Merit Award ($200)
Andre Brönnimann Wikitoria, oil on linen
Wanganui Garden Services Ltd Merit Award ($200)
Tracy Byatt Beauty is a Fading Flower, sugar
WDC Youth Committee Youth Recognition Award ($200)
Lily Claypole Through a Glass Darkly, MP4 file on flash drive
The Gallery would like to thank our Merit Award sponsors all of whom have been supporting the Arts review for several years. They are: Friends of the Sarjeant Gallery, Rivercity Picture Framers Ltd., Recaffeinate, Renata’s Art & Framing, Ceramic Lounge, Wanganui Garden Services Ltd, WH Milbank Gallery and The Whanganui River Traders. We are very grateful for the continued support from these quality local businesses and associations.
We are also especially grateful to The Central City Pharmacy for sponsoring the Arts Review’s new Excellence Award. Many thanks for your ongoing support of the Arts Review and the Sarjeant Gallery.
Exhibited works are for sale – which means the Arts Review is an opportunity to purchase new work by burgeoning and prestigious talent from our region.
image: 2018 award winning works Andre Brönnimann Wikitoria, oil on linen; Kathryn Wightman Breathe, kiln-formed glass, sintered glass powder; Jonathon Cuff Untitled, mixed media; Margaret Silverwood Hover, pencil, coloured pencil and watercolour on paper