Last night the New Zealand Arts Foundation held its first national awards ceremony and it was good news for one family of photographers.
Renowned art photographer Fiona Pardington was awarded one of the five $50,000 Laureate Awards on the night while her brother Neil Pardington picked up the $25,000 Marti Friedlander Photographic Award.
Another photographic winner at the event was Ben Cauchi, who scored one of three $25,000 New Generation Awards for rising artists who demonstrate great potential, independence and consistency in their work.
The inaugural awards ceremony was attended by five hundred guests who were greeted by a gallery of works from previous Arts Foundation award recipients.
Fran Ricketts, chair of the Foundation, says the annual Art Awards will function as both a platform to celebrate the achievements of New Zealand’s finest artists as well as encourage philanthropic support for the arts.
“We expect to grow the amount of donations to artists presented at these awards through private partnerships and are already in discussion with a number of philanthropists about establishing new awards.”
At the event the Foundation, in partnership with Macquarie Private Wealth New Zealand, also unveiled plans for a series of public art events to be held at the Auckland waterfront’s new Wynyard Quarter.
The Wynyard Quarter Arts Series will feature a writers walk, outdoor cinema, a concert in silo park, a series of events in the Stoneleigh ‘pop up’ container bar a ‘literary sandpit’ for children featuring the writing of Margaret Mahy with illustrations by David Elliot.
Image: Film Archive # 4 from The Vault series, © Neil Pardington