Because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Artfully Yours 2020 Art Hawke’s Bay Exhibition has been cancelled.
Artfully Yours, the 14th annual Art Hawke’s Bay Exhibition, was to be held in a new venue this year – the Hastings Community Arts Centre in Russell St.
This would have allowed for a much longer exhibition, though we will now have to wait a while. This event usually brings together works by members of art groups throughout Hawke’s Bay in one combined selected exhibition, during which all entries are for sale.
John Brown was to have been the art selector for 2020. He is currently living in Hawke’s Bay, after relocating from Auckland in 2013. He has been exhibiting since 1996, both internationally and nationally. In 2012 John won the Kaipara Wallace Arts Trust Award, and in 2019 won the Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award.
The sculpture selector was to have been Susan Mabin who lives in Napier and is a multimedia artist working in installation, sculpture, painting and photography. Susan graduated from Ideaschool, Eastern Institute of Technology in 2018 with a Master of Professional Creative Practice, having completed a post graduate diploma in 2016 and her degree in 2014.
Susan has been a finalist in the NZ National Contemporary Art Award in 2016 and 2017, the Molly Morpeth 3D Canaday Award and the Adam Portraiture Award in 2018, and the Molly Morpeth Canaday Painting and Drawing award in 2019.
This year’s exhibition was not to have a Hawke’s Bay theme as in the past. Artists still needed to be members of a Hawke’s Bay art group or special members of Art Hawke’s Bay, however an exception was to be made for sculptors.
The art categories were: Land, Water, People, Abstract and Art Unlimited. There was also a Sculpture category. The winners of all these categories would have received prizes of $300 each. Twelve Hawke’s Bay secondary schools had entered works by one of their students in the Schools category, for a prize of $250. Additional prizes would have been awarded for Best in Exhibition ($400), the People’s Choice Award, a Special Prize and a Best of the Backroom Prize.
The exhibition is a non-profit event, funded mainly by local grant providers and sponsors. Art Hawke’s Bay is very appreciative of their generous support.
Those who entered the exhibition have been contacted and given the option of being refunded the entry fees and opening night tickets or leaving the payments with the committee for the the next exhibition, planned to take place in 2021, circumstances allowing.
Our sponsors have been informed and some have generously told us to hold the prize money until the next event. We are communicating with the grant providers.
A huge thank you to all the artists and sculptors for the many entries we received. To our selectors for 2020 John and Susan. To our wonderful supporters and volunteers, our generous sponsors and grant providers, without whom we could not hold exhibitions. A special thanks to all the committee members for their many months of planning and preparing. We came to so close to holding the exhibition and it was shaping up to be a very special one.
We hope to hold this Exhibition at a future date, meantime we wish everyone well – look out for each other and keep those brushes busy!
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