Wire art prize and small art prize announce winners - Art Collector

Louise Purvis, No. 8 Construction, 4mm wire sculpture. Courtesy: the artist, ArtsPost Galleries, Hamilton and Bowen Galleries, Wellington

10 July 2013 | Auckland artist Louise Purvis has won the Fieldays National Number 8 Wire Award for 2013.

This annual award was launched in 1997 and challenges artists to create sculptures made with No.8 wire. Purvis receives the $4,000 main prize for her winning entry
No. 8 Construction, pictured above. Renowned New Zealand sculptor John Edgar judged this year's proceedings and stated that Purvis' piece speaks of the urban environment and shows excellent understanding of the material.

Second place was awarded to Ngaruawahia based artist Arthur Mahutariki and third place was awarded to Hamilton based artists Jane Pouls and Dave Sole. The exhibition of shortlisted and winning works is on display at ArtsPost Galleries in Hamilton until 15 July 2013.

In Melbourne, the winners of the Brunswick Small Works award for 2013 were announced.

Aside from the main prize, there was a joint second prize announced and 10 merit awards. Ana Paolo Aguanta won the $2,000 main prize for her sculpture
Slug Series, shown right. Trog Arygros and Tiffany Colo shared second prize and will both be awarded an exhibition at the Brunswick Street Gallery premises in Melbourne.

The Small Works award is an annual prize exhibition at the Brunswick Street Gallery and is open to works in all themes and mediums that measure 30 x 30 x 30cm and smaller. This year's exhibition will be on display at the gallery until 18 July.

Above: Ana Paolo Aguanta, Slug Series, ceramic and mixed media. Courtesy: the artist and Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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