27th ANNUAL WALLACE ART AWARDS 2018


16 Dec 2018 – 24 Mar 2019


The Annual Wallace Art Awards have grown considerably over their 27 year history. They are the longest-surviving annual art awards of their kind in New Zealand, with this year’s prize value amounting to over $275,000, including six significant international residencies and three cash prizes.

The Awards continue to support, promote and encourage the visual arts in New Zealand, as well as highlighting artists who are creating remarkable work. This year’s exhibition features the 8 winning artworks of each category, including the Paramount Award winning work by Imogen Taylor, along with the works in a wide variety of media by all 42 finalists.

Current Exhibitions

Tracy Keith – He oko nā Hine – Vessels of Hine Papatūānuku


16 Dec 2018 – 24 Mar 2019


Tracy Keith’s art practice reflects the long, evolving journey of human civilisation – physical, intellectual and spiritual, culminating in modernity. ‘When I build ceramic works I intentionally avoid the instantly recognisable and instead create abstracted forms that evoke something ancient and timeless,’ Tracy says. These vessels are like talismans, containers of memories so old they can be sensed but not recalled. Yet, at the same time, their stripped-back, roughly-cast and embossed forms also seem surprisingly modern. The surfaces of his vessels bring to mind industrial fabrications. With little or no glaze, their surfaces appear raw, rough and primal.

Current Exhibitions