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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 09:15 pm

Wellington artists given a chance to shine

IMAGE: Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre

AN OPPORTUNITY for emerging and established artists to showcase their work has been provided by Upper Hutt’s Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre.

Expressions will host its first Wellington Regional Arts Review from May 18 to July 1 and will be seeking submissions from early May.

Works submitted can be in any medium and must have been completed in the last 12 months by artists in the greater Wellington region.

Natalie Friend, curator at Expressions, came up with the idea.

“There is a gap in the market for a regional review and we don’t believe any other galleries in the region are doing it,” she says.

“In fact, we are located right in the middle of the greater Wellington region, which includes the Wairarapa and Kapiti Coast, and are excited about building this event into a regular fixture which represents the diversity of greater Wellington.”

First prize is $1000. There are also two merit awards of $200 each and a People’s Choice Award which will win the Artist in Feature exhibition in the Vector Gallery at Expressions in 2013.

A team of three judges will select between 80-100 pieces to hang in the final show in the Mount Marua Gallery.

The judges are Mark Amery, visual arts critic for the Dominion Post; Aaron Lister, curator for New Zealand Art City Gallery in Wellington; and Julie Catchpole, director of Suter Gallery in Nelson.

“We’re thrilled to have gathered together a team of independent judges with a range of perspectives who will ensure that our first Wellington Regional Arts Review is a dynamic must-see exhibition,” says Natalie.

The Review is part of Expressions’ vision to provide opportunities for artists and musicians to display their work.

For more information about the 2012 Wellington Regional Arts Review click HERE.

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