July 24 – 16 August 2020


The winners will be announced at our gala opening on Friday July 24 at 6.30pm. See you there!


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Percy Thomson Gallery with the generous sponsorship of TSB Community Trust, is mounting its second Taranaki-based competition and exhibition for young emerging visual artists. The TSB Community Trust Emergence Award 2020 for Young Taranaki Artists is expected to attract a large number of entries.

The 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 date entries close. 

The TSB Community Trust Award for Young Taranaki Artists aims to empower and encourage the creative talents of young, aspiring and emerging artists from Taranaki, while 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, 7pm
First Prize: Winner of the supreme TSB Community Trust Emergence Award for Young Taranaki Artists: $2000 
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $250
Prizes for Best Photography Artist; 2D (eg painting, collage, graphic design); 3D Artist; Fibre Art: $200 each
Taranaki Secondary Schools Prize : 1st $200, 2nd $150, 3rd $100
People’s Choice Award: $200

Gallery director, Rhonda Bunyan, believes 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. 

“The experience of showing work in a public setting engenders pride and confidence. Percy Thomson Gallery is grateful to the support shown by TSB Community Trust with a generous grant to allow us to offer substantial prize money and to give young artists the opportunity to exhibit in our vibrant provincial gallery.’


Emergence Awards 2020 Judges


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 (16 May – 16 August 2020). 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.

Laura and Justin look forward to the next generation of Taranaki artists having their moment to be celebrated at Percy Thomson’s TSB Community Trust Emergence Awards 2020.


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