July 24 – 16 August 2020
Fifty-nine aspiring artists have entered Percy Thomson Gallery’s premier art competition for young and emerging Taranaki artists; TSB Community Trust EMERGENCE Award for Young Taranaki Artists 2020.
Taranaki artist Dwayne Duthie, whose ‘art subjects deal to the current state of human condition’ is exhibiting in Gallery 2.
The bi-annual inaugural event was first held in 2018.
There are several cash prizes for different categories with the winner receiving $2000 and a special trophy created by New Plymouth artist Ché Rogers.
The judges are Laura Campbell, Researcher and Art Historian, and Justin Jade Morgan, Artist and Exhibition Component Fabricator, both from Puke Ariki. Laura is a strong advocate for the role art plays in our society and currently works in the Heritage Collections team at Puke Ariki. Laura is also organiser of Puke Ariki’s Homework exhibition. Justin’s individual arts practice dovetails between group collaborations, individual pieces and extended projects. Developing performative pieces, installations, drawings, audio and photographic works that explore the relationship between physical objects and life as performance.
To enter EMERGENCE the young artist must be born in Taranaki, live in Taranaki, or have attended secondary school in Taranaki and be aged 14 to 26 years on July 3, 2020.
The TSB Community Trust EMERGENCE Award for Young Taranaki Artists aims to empower and encourage the creative talents of young, aspiring and emerging artists from Taranaki, whilst providing a showcase for their works.
The exhibition runs from July 24 – August 16, 2020.
The gala opening event will be held on Friday 24 July, 6.30pm with guest speaker Peter Dalziel, a board member of TSBCT.
There are several categories with prizes, including painting, 2D (apart from painting), creative fibre, 3D, photography plus a secondary school’s division.
A people’s choice award will be decided at exhibition close.
Gallery director, Rhonda Bunyan, is delighted with the response and says the calibre of artwork is high.
"All age-groups are represented, from 14 – 26. It is going be such a confidence booster for these young artists, many of whom will be exhibiting in a gallery for the first time. I encourage the Taranaki community to support them, to turn out to congratulate them all!"
Bunyan says it is crucial to initiate positive outcomes/experience for budding young artists in the region, providing a platform for them to share their talent with the wider community.
Supreme Award Winners
Researcher, Puke Ariki ǀ Art Historian
Laura is a strong advocate for the vital role art plays in our society. She lived in Wellington for fifteen years and during that time immersed herself in the city’s thriving arts scene. In 2016 Laura gained a Master of Arts (Distinction) in Art History from Victoria University of Wellington, under the supervision of notable art historians, the late Dr Roger Blackley and Dr Geoffrey Batchen. Her specialist areas are nineteenth and twentieth century New Zealand art history. Since graduating Laura has worked in multiple art galleries and museums around New Zealand; working as a gallery administrator, researcher, curator and freelance arts writer. She continues to publish for many leading academic art publications on New Zealand’s art history. Laura is also on the Executive Leadership Committee for Taranaki Young Professionals, which actively promotes networking and encourages young individuals to thrive in their chosen careers.
Laura currently works in the Heritage Collections team at Puke Ariki. This year she is curating Puke Ariki’s Home Work: Taranaki Art 2020 (26 September 2020 – 8 February 2021). She is working alongside artists Reuben Paterson and Ngāhina Hohaia to make selections for this upcoming exhibition. Home Work is popular with the local community as it celebrates the vibrant art scene our region is known for and brings together artwork created right around te mounga. Laura is a big supporter of local artists being celebrated on ‘the big stage’ and will continue to collaborate with them on future projects.
Justin Jade Morgan
Exhibition Component & Support Fabricator, Puke Ariki
With an open and inclusive approach, Justin has been involved in the creative sector for 20 years working as a curator, director and educator. Growing up in New Plymouth his interest for the arts developed through time spent; with local artists, working at the Govett Brewster Art Gallery and being the founding curator of Justart a local artist project that then grew into a national / international programme (JJMorgan and Co) for emergent/mid-career artists (2002-2014) New Plymouth/Wellington/Auckland, New Zealand.
His professional practice has seen him work for a number of organisations such as; Waikato Museum, Wallace Gallery, NZ Contemporary Arts Trust (Auckland Art Fair/Artweek), New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, W.I.T.T and the Learning Connexion to name a few.
Justin’s individual arts practice dovetails between group collaborations, individual pieces and extended projects. Developing performative pieces, installations, drawings, audio and photographic works that explore the relationship between physical objects and life as performance. His projects have featured in the Govett Brewster Art Gallery, The Dowse, Lopdell House Gallery (NZ), the Border Museum (Slovenia), Digital Fringe 08 (Melbourne), 3rd ‘Arhipelag’ International Contemporary Arts Festival (Solvenia & Italy), International Museum of Collage, Mexico and ‘ArtColle’, France with residencies and other temporary projects taking place in France, Germany, Slovenia, Australia and New Zealand.
Justin holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts, a post graduate diploma in Art and Design and a Master of Arts Management (Distinction). Bringing his wealth of knowledge and expertise back home, he is now an integral part of the Puke Ariki exhibitions team, working as an Exhibition Component & Support Fabricator.
I took inspiration from a recent trip to the Len Lye Centre to see the NCEA Top Art exhibition, and by chance checked out some of Len Lye’s movies being projected on a massive scale onto the walls there. My classmates and I had been posing in front of these movies when I thought it would be interesting to explore this through my photography. I used Google to source images of lace, and by using a projector and coloured LED lighting, explored ways this might create different shapes and forms on my model. I chose this photo because I like the depth created by pointing the blue light behind my model’s outstretched arms. Her hands formed a window around her eyes to leave the viewer feeling they might be being watched, as much as they are viewing the image also. This photo was taken as part of a series of photos for my Year 13, photography portfolio.
Tuhinga O Mua is my first carving. It represents luck and safety. It took around three weeks to make. This carving is going to be gifted to my aunty. My aunty has three kids and that is what the paua shell represents (her and her three kids).
Printmaking, Triptych $550
The techniques used in these artworks is pronto plate and etchings. The artworks on the left and right are both etchings. The artwork in the middle is created both by an etching and pronto plate. The circus tent in this artwork is created by using a pronto plate technique and the elephant and man at the bottom is also a etching.
I created these artworks for my print- making portfolio board for school in 2019. Throughout my portfolio board I tried to portray the idea of anthropomorphism, that is, creating these works to show the attribution of human characteristics and behaviour given to animals. Within my artworks I played with animal heads on the human body. I based my work mainly on elephants as they are my favourite animal and I have always used them in my artwork. My portfolio slowly formed into the animals in a circus showing their playful nature.
I am a student studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours at Massey University Wellington. In 2019 I achieved a Level
3 excellence endorsement in art. My 2019 photography portfolio board was placed in the top 60 art boards for 2019 and my board is also in the New Zealand Top Art touring exhibition. From this I also gained a photography scholarship.
Dwayne’s artwork includes painting and sculpture,as well as digital video and audio, displayed through monitors and projectors. Dwayne’s subjects deal to the current state of the ‘human condition’. Dwayne enjoys experimentation and finds it can lead to the development of new ideas and poses the challenge to his common creative practices. Digital technology allows him to extend his understanding of the creative process to the space outside of his traditional art media, whilst continuing to interchange old and new ideas.