Artist draws double in prize final

Arrow Junction, by Emma-Kate Moore, has been selected for the  Parkin Drawing Prize.
Arrow Junction, by Emma-Kate Moore, has been selected for the Parkin Drawing Prize.
Saddle Up, by Emma-Kate Moore, has also been selected for the  Parkin Drawing Prize.
Saddle Up, by Emma-Kate Moore, has also been selected for the Parkin Drawing Prize.

Artworks by  Emma-Kate Moore of Kingston and  four Dunedin artists are among the finalists in a national drawing competition with a $20,000 first prize. 

Ms Moore,  Robert West, James Robinson, Jonathan Cuming, and James Thomson-Bache  are among the 84 entries  selected from more than 500  for the final exhibition of the 2017 Parkin Drawing Prize.

All the shortlisted artists will have their works showcased in a month-long  exhibition to be held at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington, from August 2 to September 3.

The first-prize winner will be announced on August 1. Ten other artists will  receive "highly commended prizes", each of $500.

Competition communications manager Rebecca Reed said an unusual feature of the fifth annual Parkin event was that eight artists, including Ms Moore, had had two works selected for the final exhibition. It had previously been a rare occurrence for an artist to have two works selected in the competition, which was established by philanthropist and arts patron Chris Parkin five years ago, Ms Reed said.

john.gibb@odt.co.nz

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