A painting by Queenstown Art Society studio artist Hamish McBride (left) is one of 104 pieces entered in the Locations Art Awards 2012, to be judged by Mark Moran (right). Photo by James Beech.
Aspiring and professional artists from around the South will
be hoping their work has what it takes to win up to $2500 in
cash at the Locations Art Awards 2012 prizegiving tonight.
A total of 47 artists have entered 104 paintings in the
annual showcase hosted by the Queenstown Art Society.
Contenders and art aficionados will gather in the Cloakroom
Gallery, on the corner of Stanley and Ballarat Sts, at 5.30pm
to hear who wins the top $2500 Best of Exhibition award.
Other awards to be presented are the $500 Best of
Contemporary, the $500 Best of Traditional, the voucher and
book-winning Best of Theme, the $300 Highly Commended awards,
the $300 Commended Local Artist awards, the $100 Top Youth,
the $100 voucher Youth Runner-Up and the award for the Most
"Out There" Artwork.
Most of the artists hailed from the Wakatipu, others coming
from Cromwell, Alexandra, Dunedin, Garston, Gore, Wyndham and
Submitted works ranged from realist to abstract pieces, and
ranged from delicate portraits and traditional landscapes of
familiar vistas, to colourful resins and pieces which defy
The theme this year was TSS Earnslaw and seven
portraits of the "Lady of the Lake" were submitted.
All pieces are for sale and range in price from $110 to
"Every year the standard of entries gets better," art society
president Sue Wademan said yesterday.
"Every year, it's more contemporary, less traditional, which
"We seem to have a lot of faces rather than landscapes.
There's about seven portrait artists represented."
Toi o Tahuna contemporary art gallery and Kapa New Zealand
Design Gallery owner Mark Moran will judge the competition
for the first time.
"I'm looking for works that say something to me and I'm
looking with more of a contemporary perspective, given my
background, compared to previous judges," Mr Moran said
"Every year is different.
"Secondary to that is the execution of the works."