Winners of the Wallace Arts Awards 2018

Image courtesy of Governor-General of New Zealand. 

Last night the 27th Annual Wallace Art Awards, with prizes totalling over $275,000, took place at the Pah Homestead Gallery in Auckland. The awards were presented by The Govenor-General, The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy.

This year the Trust received 515 entries from which 83 were selected as finalists. Differing from other major art prizes, The Wallace Art Awards provide broadening experiences to the six major winners by way of residencies. Artists can submit work in the mediums of painting, sculpture, audio-visual, print, photography, drawings, or interdisciplinary arts. As well as the six residencies there are three monetary prizes and one non-monetary prize.

The judges this year included esteemed members of the art community: Linda Tyler, Mark Braunias, and Joyce Campbell were judges for the Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award, the Kaipara Wallace Arts Trust Award, and the Wallace Arts Trust Vermont Award. The judges for the Fullbright-Wallace Arts Award were Linda Tyler, Simon Morris, and Richard Maloy. The judges for the BSR Wallace New Zealand Residence Award were Andrew Drummond, Simon Ogden, and Deborah Rundle.

Special congratulations to winner Lucy Meyle who part of the Artists Alliance Internship Programme!

The 27th Annual Wallace Arts Awards 2018 Winners:


Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award: Imogen Taylor, Refusal to Yield (2018), acrylic on hessian, 1100 x 2050 mm.

Imogen Taylor receives a six-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Programme in New York, USA.

Judges comment: “Taylor’s references to Bauhaus, Cubism and Modernism combined with her assured handling of colour and composition make for a bold, memorable, confident and deeply informed painting.”


Kaipara Wallace Arts Trust Award: Peata Larkin, They Don’t Speak My Language (2018), acrylic on embroided silk, 1015 x 2200 x 55mm.

Peata Larkin receives a three-month residency at the Altes Spital in Solothurn, Switzerland.

Judges comment: “This work is delicate, intelligent and considered. Larkin’s clever use of the painted medium and interweaving of materials results in a quiet yet seductive visual quality.”


Wallace Arts Trust Vermont Award: Andrea du Chatenier, Untitled (Celestial Blue Cave Drawing) (2018), porcelain, glaze and earthenware clay, 600 x 500 x 400mm.

Andrea du Chatenier receives a three-month residency at the Vermont Studio Centre in Vermont, USA.

Judges comment: “Andrea du Chatenier’s brave materiality and bold abstraction pushes the ceramic medium beyond plausibility. This work is a little bit magic, fragile and gutsy all at once.”


Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award: Emma Fitts, Unknown Cloak (2018), hand-dyed woollen underlay, 1500 x 1100mm.

Emma Fitts receives a ten-week residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in
San Francisco, USA.

Judges comment: “There was consensus from the selection panel that Emma Fitts was the best fit for the Headlands residency: she is very open to the artistic process and where it could take her project, ‘The Ideal Museum’. They agreed her project would be fully inspired by the Headlands environment and she would truly take advantage of the experimental aspect of the Headland’s space.”


British School at Rome Wallace New Zealand Residence Award: Lucy Meyle, Duck and Snail Ramps (2018), plywood, paint and screws, both 1800 x 1120 x 500mm.

Lucy Meyle receives a three-month residency at the British School at Rome in Rome,

Judges comment: “Meyle’s dislocations annotate present possibilities with an uncynical humour. Meyle combines elements of sculpture, design and installation practice, drawing, photography, video, zine publication and images from the 3 algorithm to open up space where questions and answers sparkle in a comedic calculus of predication.”


Martin Tate Wallace Artist Residency Award: Richard Maloy, Attempt 14 (2014), unique colour photograph, 1200 x 800mm.

Richard Maloy receives a three-month residency in Vladivostok, Russia.

This Award, the third time it will have been conferred, is an initiative of Martin Tate,
New Zealand’s Honorary Consul in Vladivostok. This residency is by invitation only and is given to a senior artist who is unlikely to apply for a Wallace Art Award.


First Runner-up Award: Brett Graham, 90 00′ S 00 00′ E (2018), oak, 2000 x 2000 x 300mm.

Brett Graham receives $2,500.

Judges comment: “Big themes, big finish – a powerful use of materials. Graham’s ability to abstract cultural ideas into strong sculptural statements, combined with the seriousness of a mid-career artist makes him a deserving winner.”


Second Runner-up Award: Yvonne Shaw, The Residual No. 8 (2017), pigmented inkjet print, framed, 594 x 891mm.

Yvonne Shaw receives $2,500.


Jury Award:
Paul McLachlan, Blue Lion (2018), rubber, merino, mohair, linen, acrylic and polyester yarns, 1600 x 2170 x 50mm.

This prize is non-monetary.

The People’s Choice Award of $750 is announced at the end of the Award Winners
and Travelling Finalists exhibition.

Exhibition dates:
The Award Winners and Travelling Finalists exhibition will be exhibited at:
● Pah Homestead, TSB Wallace Arts Centre, 4 September 2018 – 4 November
● Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua, 16 November 2018 – 24 March 2019
● The Suter Art Gallery, Nelson, 13 April 2019 – 9 June 2019
● The Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch, 22 June 2019 – 1 September
● Wallace Gallery Morrinsville, 19 September 2019 – 10 November 2019