Entries open for Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

8 Wire National Art Award celebrates innovation by challenging artists to create artworks using No. 8 wire, an iconic Kiwi agricultural product

The annual call is out to turn an iconic farming product into art with Kiwi ‘No.8 wire ingenuity’. Entries are now open for the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award, with nearly $10,000 in prize money on offer.

Last year’s winner of the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award, Waikato artist Gaye Jurisich, with her work Snare.

The annual award, hosted by Waikato Museum, partnered by Farmlands, and supported by the New Zealand National Fieldays Society, challenges artists to create artworks made from agricultural products, predominantly No.8 wire.

Waikato Museum director Cherie Meecham says the award exhibition – now in its 24th year –embodies New Zealand’s rural heritage and culture, and entries should take that into consideration.

“No.8 wire is a tough, practical material, and we’ve had some really creative winning works over the years that have exploited its properties with amazing sculptural effects.” The New Zealand National Fieldays Society president James Allen says, “We’re proud to support an award that reflects the entrepreneurial spirit and Kiwi ingenuity of the New Zealand agricultural sector.”

Nick Baylis, director of marketing at Farmlands, says the competition embodies the Kiwi values that Farmlands was founded on.”It’s a unique challenge that demonstrates how creativity and fresh thinking can re-invent the way we use and think about functional, everyday farm products.”

The finalists are selected by viewing photos of the work and artists’ statements on a digital judging platform, with the entrants’ identities kept confidential. The winner receives $7000, with prizes of $1000 and $500 for the second and third place-getters respectively and further prizes awarded for People’s Choice and President’s Choice. The award culminates in a month-long exhibition at Hamilton’s ArtsPost Galleries & Shop, opening this year on Friday, 24 April.

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