Otago Polytechnic

Three Dunedin artists in finals for prestigious national Art Awards.

Three Dunedin School of Art graduates, artists Sam Foley, Justin Spiers and Alex Lovel-Smith, have made the finals of the prestigious national Wallace Art Awards.

The nine Wallace awards, worth more than $275,000, including five international art residencies, monetary prizes and stipends, are given for contemporary New Zealand painting, sculpture, video, drawing and unique photography and print. The Paramount winner is awarded a six month Residency in New York with the International Studio and Curatorial Program; the Wallace Arts Trust Development Award winner receives a residency at Vermont Studio Centre, while the Kaipara Foundation Wallace Award winner receives a residency at the Altes Spital in Solothurn, Switzerland. The winner of the Fulbright Wallace Arts Trust Award receives a three month residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Many of the winners and finalists of the Awards are added to the Collection each year.  Read more  about the Awards.

Foley won the award's Kaipara Trust Award, its second-highest honour, in 2013. It included a four-month artist residency at the Altes Spital Cultural Centre in Solothurn, Switzerland. Lovell-Smith has entered the awards for the first time with a work which came from his Master of Fine Art research at the Dunedin School of Art. Justin Spiers. also a graduate of the Dunedin School of Art, has had artist residencies in Beijing, Darwin, Sydney and Brisbane and has been a previous Wallace Award finalist.

Congralations to all the finalists - for a full list of finalists see here.

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Expiry: 12 Feb 2018