Entries closing for Fieldays wire art contest

By: Fieldays

There are only days to go before entries close for the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award competition.

Entries closing for Fieldays wire art contest
Last year's winning sculpture.

Fieldays and Waikato Museum are looking to the arts community for some No.8 wire innovation.

An $8,000 cash prize is up for grabs, and you’ve got only until Wednesday 22 April 2015 to get to the Feildays website and enter the competition.

Fieldays head of events Lee Picken says the award draws on an iconic farm product and translates this through talent and ingenuity into an art form.

"Entries must be 75% No.8 wire which leaves scope for other materials to be combined with wire to create a winning artwork. This award promotes ingenuity and takes everyday practical agricultural products into the art gallery."

Last year Fieldays doubled the first prize money to $8,000 and the award was won by Te Awamutu mother-and-son Nick and Dagmar Elliot with their entry Rustic Hinaki. The award is a long-standing part of the Fieldays event, resulting in a month-long exhibition at ArtsPost in central Hamilton.

Finalists for this year’s award will be notified on Friday 22 May, and their art work will be exhibited from Friday 5 June to Monday 29 June 2015 at ArtsPost Galleries & Shop at 120 Victoria Street, Hamilton.

The full prize list is:

First prize: $8,000

Second prize: $1,000

Third prize: $500

President’s Choice: $100

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