Award Winning Artist Jordan Barnes joins the NZ Art Show’s Selection Panel
The NZ Art Show has appointed two new members to its selection panel, award-winning mixed-media Taranaki artist Jordan Barnes and prominent Wellingtonian Jane Hart. They join existing members Mal Brow and Jo Hughes who is the panel’s new convenor. Jo replaces Wellington artist Lynne Sandri who has stepped down from the panel after 10 years as its convenor.
Jordan Barnes, a long-time exhibitor in the NZ Art Show, joins the panel as a guest selector. Painting since he was in high school Jordan’s career as a professional artist was boosted in 2010 when, at 24 years of age, he won the inaugural NZ Art Show $15,000 Artist Grant ahead of 500 applicants.
NZ Art Show Executive Director, Carla Russell says, “Jordan brings to the team extensive experience as a practising artist. He’s focussed, consistent and committed to his craft: his successes to date set the bar for other young emerging talent.
The panel selects the artworks exhibited at the annual three-day NZ Art Show, the finalists for the $5,000 people’s choice Signature Art Award, and the finalists and four art students who each receive $2,500 Emerging Artist Awards.
NZ Art Show executive director Carla Russell says, “Each year the selection panel faces the challenge of choosing which artists’ work will be shown and those eligible for the Show’s arts awards. It’s a demanding role because of the sheer number of artworks submitted of which nearly 3,000 are chosen across a range of media.
“They have ensured that over the past decade the NZ Art Show has grown in size, quality and reputation to become New Zealand’s largest curated art sale and an established event on the arts calendar.”
Jo Hughes is practice manager of Wellington law firm Hughes Robertson, has been a trustee of the NZ Affordable Art Trust, the Show’s governing body, since its inception eleven years ago and has served on the selection panel for the last eight years.
Mal Brow, Wellington-based owner of 30 Upstairs art gallery, art consultant and avid art collector has also had a long association with the Show and has been a panel member for the past four years.
Jane Hart has a background in fashion and interior design and is an account manager for Signature Promotions. Janes has been a ‘Friend of the NZ Art Show’ for many years and has recently become involved in helping market the show.
This year’s NZ Art Show will be held July 25 – 27 in the TSB Bank Arena, Queens Wharf on the Wellington waterfront, with the Show’s opening Gala Evening being held on Thursday, 24 July.
Carla Russell says, “We are fortunate to have a gifted and dedicated panel focused on ensuring that the NZ Art Show grows in stature. In doing so they ensure we are better able to achieve our goals of making original New Zealand art more accessible, assisting emerging artists become established, and helping create a dynamic arts community. We also want to acknowledge the substantial contribution Lynne Sandri made over 10 years as a member and convenor of our selection panel.”
About the NZ Art Show
The NZ Art Show makes it easy & affordable for any New Zealander to own a piece of original NZ art.
The NZ Art Show promotes a wide range of art covering all mediums with the aim of enabling all New Zealanders to own original art. At the same time, it has helped provide the means for emerging artists to become established and helped create a dynamic arts community for the public to discover new artists and start or add to their art collection.
At the core of the NZ Art Show operations is a three-day art event held each year in Wellington.
The annual NZ Art Show art is the largest curated art sale of its kind and each year exhibits around 3,000 original artworks by some 300 artists: the emphasis is on quality NZ art at affordable prices by emerging and established artists in a dynamic and stimulating environment.
The 2014 Show will be held July 25 – 27 in the TSB Bank Arena, Queens Wharf on the Wellington waterfront with a Gala Evening held on Thursday, 24 July.
The annual event is complemented by an online art gallery located on the NZ Art Show website, artshow.co.nz, and features a range of styles, mediums and prices. Artworks can be purchased directly from the artists. The online gallery extends the reach of NZ art to a wider audience and provides a further outlet for artists.
Consistent with the aim of promoting a vibrant art community and helping NZ artists establish themselves, the NZ Art Show currently provides two arts awards:
NZ Art Show Emerging Artist Awards
- Four cash prizes of $2,500 each. The NZAAT Emerging Artist Awards are open to students studying visual art at degree and/or diploma level at a recognised tertiary art school in New Zealand.
- Schools are invited to nominate their most promising students.
- The winners will have their artworks exhibited at the NZ Art Show event in 2014.
Signature Piece Art Award
- A premiere cash prize of $5,000 awarded to an outstanding artwork chosen by the public.
- 10 finalists, chosen by the Show’s selection panel, are exhibited in the show’s Signature Piece Gallery at the NZ Art Show 2014 with the winner decided by public vote: all visitors to the Show can vote for their favourite.
The NZ Art Show is governed by the New Zealand Affordable Art Trust (NZAAT).
Its vision is to encourage New Zealanders to celebrate NZ culture and identity through NZ art and to promote NZ artists by providing opportunities to further their development.
As a not-for-profit organisation the NZAAT is a significant contributor to the NZ community with many people benefiting from NZAAT operations and activities: since its inception in 2004 nearly 85,000 people have enjoyed the art event, nearly $7million has been returned to artists via art sales and around $60,000 in art prizes has been awarded to artists.
The NZAAT receives no government funding. All the costs of running the Show, the online gallery and funding the Awards are covered by sponsorship, grants, art sales, admission and donations.