The Whanganui Arts Review is a key component in the Sarjeant Gallery’s calendar and one of our most significant regional events. Open to all artists in the Whanganui region, the Arts Review has been held, in one form or another, for over 20 years and is believed to be the longest running Review of its type in New Zealand.
Year on year the Gallery hosts and curates this popular community event. It is a testament to the concentrated quality of artists (of every type) in our area, that we are able to put together such a diverse and worthwhile exhibition. Artworks of every medium are submitted; a selection is made for the exhibition by a panel of three selectors; and the final awards are decided by an independent external judge. This year’s panellists are: Greg Donson, Curator & Public Programmes Manager at the Sarjeant Gallery; Des Bovey (illustrator, artist and collector); and Fran Dibble (artist and critic). The external judge for 2013 is Julie Catchpole, Director, The Suter Art Gallery Nelson.
As always, we are extremely grateful for the support we get for the Arts Review from local businesses. This year’s sponsors are: Rivercity Gas Ltd for the Student Award, Central City Pharmacy for a Highly Commended Award, Members of the Sarjeant Gallery for a Highly Commended Award; and Merit Awards are being sponsored by: Rivercity Picture Framers Ltd, Recaffeinate, Mainstreet Art & Framing, Ceramic Lounge and The Flying Fox – new sponsors this year for the Merit category are Graham & Libby Wood.
The Gallery would like to thank all of the artists who have participated in this year’s Review. Their support and enthusiasm for this show is what makes the Whanganui Arts Review one of our most eagerly anticipated community fixtures. We hope you enjoy some of the best of our region’s talent.