TSB Bank Art in a Day 2016 artists win$4,500 of prizes
Local artists won more than $4,500 in prizes in the 2016 TSB Art in a Day competition. Awards were announced at a Prize Giving ceremony on Saturday 27thFebruary as part of a weekend exhibition of entries on display at Parnell Community Centre.
Artist Yuqing Qiu, pictured above right, won first prize of $2,000 loaded into a TSB Bank account, for her mixed media work of Osborne Lane in Newmarket. Yuqing used media including coffee grounds and dirt from the location in her artwork, pictured above and to the left of the artist.
For the competition, artists were given from 8am to 5pm on one day, Saturday 20th February, to create a piece of art that celebrated and captured the spirit of the historic Auckland’s suburbs of Parnell, Newmarket and Grafton. Artists had to have their chosen medium authenticated by 9am before racing off to one of 10 set locations to create their masterpiece “en plein air” - in the open. Completed works then had to be returned by 5pm that day.
Forty-four artists registered and completed art works for the competition, working in a range of media from watercolours and acrylics to oils and mixed media. The diverse range and high quality of works entered presented an enjoyable challenge for the three judges - Auckland artist Harold Coop, Michele Whitecliffe, founder and President of Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design, and Neala Glass, co-owner of Parnell’s Black Door Gallery.
Stuart Mackie won Second Prize for his watercolour & ink of Newmarket’s Lumsden Green. He received his prize from TSB Bank's Newmarket Branch Manager, Diane Stark and competition Judge, Michele Whitecliffe.
Parnell Trust's Community Development Manager, Sarah Thorne, with TSB Bank's Diane Stark at the 2016 TSB Bank Art in a Day Prizegiving.
A cache of valuable prizes was up for grabs in TSB Bank Art in a Day, thanks to the generosity of sponsors.
- The First Prize of $2,000 loaded into a TSB Bank account, went to Yuqing Qiu (pictured above).
- The Second Prize of a TSB account with $1,000, was awarded to Stuart Mackie (pictured above).
- The Third Prize of a TSB account with $500 went to Nicky Hartley for her oil painting of the Greer Twiss statue in Grafton.
- Judges Commendations to Amanda Brett, Bernadette Parsons and James Watson. Each won a $50 Parnell Farmers' Market voucher.
- Lena Ochkalova won the People's Choice Award, a selection of art-themed DVDs from Madman Films.
TSB Bank Art in a Day is a collaboration between local organisations in Parnell, Newmarket and Grafton: Parnell Trust, Grafton Residents Association, Newmarket Business Association, Parnell Community Committee, and Parnell Inc..
TSB Bank is proud to be the event’s Gold Sponsor, donating cash prizes of $3,500. TSB Bank’s Newmarket Branch Manager, Diane Stark said the event is a fantastic opportunity for the Bank to give back to its local communities and celebrate the rich history of these Auckland suburbs
The organisers of TSB Bank Art in a Day wish to thank TSB Bank and the Waitemata Local Board for their generous support with prizes and funding. Thanks also go to the judges who contributed their time and to all the artists who participated.