The Arts Review is one of the longest running exhibitions of its type and is a valued event in the Whanganui arts calendar. The Sarjeant would like to take the opportunity to thank our principal sponsor Belton Smith & Associates Ltd, who have committed to supporting this year’s event. This sponsorship extends to the Open Award of $2000 and three Highly Commended Awards valued at $500 each.
Artworks made from numerous different media comprise this year’s offering and were selected by: Current Tylee Cottage Artist-in-Residence Erica Van Zon; Sarah Williams of SPACE Gallery and Greg Donson, Curator & Public Programmes Manager at the Sarjeant. This year’s judge was the Director of the Hastings City Art Gallery, Toni Mackinnon and the prizes were awarded to the following recipients: 2016 Belton Smith and Associates Ltd Open Award to Mary Rayner, 2016 Belton Smith and Associates Ltd Highly Commended Awards to Frances Stachl, David Murray, and Tia Ranginui.
The Gallery would also like to warmly thank our Merit Award sponsors provided this year by: Central City Pharmacy, Members of the Sarjeant Gallery, Rivercity Picture Framers Ltd., Recaffeinate, Renata’s Art & Framing, Ceramic Lounge, and The Mayor’s Whanganui Merit Award. These awards were received by Paul Rayner, Sophie Taylor, Kaye Coombs, Catherine Slayer, Debbie Hahn, Andrea Gardner, and Matt Dutton. We are very grateful for the continued support from these quality local businesses and associations. This year in particular we wish to express our thanks to the Whanganui District Council Youth Committee for their contribution of $250 for the DUB.DEE.SEE. Youth Recognition Merit Award, which was presented to James Graves.
The Sarjeant staff would like to congratulate the award winning artists. We are thrilled to be able to host this event in our temporary surrounds and we wish to thank all of the artists who have taken part in this year’s event. Strong proof once again that Whanganui is indeed a thriving centre of arts and culture.