Aucklander wins New Zealand’s only small sculpture prize. Young Auckland sculptor Ryder Jones is the recipient of the 2015 Small Sculpture Prize, winning $3,000 for his work Z (You Saw Me Standing Alone).
This national award was announced at Waiheke Community Art Gallery on 4 April by Craig Little of Davis Funerals, sponsors of the award. The Merit prize went to Jonathan Campbell for his work Quietus, a bronze candlestick surrounded by cigarette buts evoking memory. Selector Finn McCahon-Jones, Assistant Curator Object and Design at Auckland Museum, commented that he was pleased to see the juxtaposition between commercial and conceptual artists and the work of new graduates alongside more established practitioners. In judging the exhibition he looked for aesthetic, being the materials and finish, as well as narrative, that the work matches the artists statement and physicality, being how it engages the space and the viewer. The exhibition of all 28 works selected from a total of over 70 submissions is on until 4 May 2015.
“Now in its sixth year the Small Sculpture Prize is the only exhibition for small sculpture in New Zealand, it is becoming the bench mark for sculptural exploration offering artist the opportunity for critical review before enlarging and furthering their concept,” said Linda Chalmers, Gallery Director. For further information about the artists or their exhibition works and for photos of artists’ works please contact: Linda Chalmers on 09 372 9907.