Congratulations Rod, a well deserved honour - to read the full article use the link below - NZ Herald
"I can’t believe it, my student Anna Campbell, who graduated last year at Otaki pottery club has taken out the top award in Nelson T Award at the New Zealand Art Show with the work from her final year of the Diploma" Jenny Turnbull
Lower Hutt Sculptor Triumphs at the NZ Art Show, Securing Coveted $15,000 Prize – NZ Art Show
The NZ Art Show, a prestigious annual event showcasing New Zealand’s artistic prowess, is thrilled to announce a triumph for one talented sculptor. With esteemed artist and collector Lynne Sandri as the judge, the RT Nelson Awards for Sculptor awards ceremony bestowed a grand total of $20,000 in prizes, including the prestigious $15,000 premier prize for outstanding creative talent and craftsmanship. Additionally, five highly commended prizes of $1,000 each were awarded to commendable artists.
Amongst the fierce competition, the ultimate prize of $15,000 was claimed by Lower Hutt Hutt artist Anna Campbell with her ceramic and mixed media piece ‘Workshop #1’. Consisting of a road cone, gas bottle and dirty rag – all made of ceramic – on an aged wooden shelf, the work is inspired by still life compositions in her studio.
‘Anna’s work is mindful of her surroundings and uses simple solid form and clean lines to create her own still life …of the life around her – the ordinary in the everyday,’ said Lynne. ‘The messy nature of useful objects on a shelf in a functioning workshop/studio which could now easily sit comfortably in a new environment of either a carefully curated living room or gallery.’
The NZ Art Show commends the winner for their remarkable dedication, skill, and imaginative approach, which have culminated in an awe-inspiring sculpture.
A total of 52 sculptures by 35 accomplished artists have been selected as finalists, representing the finest examples of sculptural artistry in New Zealand. To explore the full list of participating artists, please refer to the attached document or visit our website.