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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday August 4 2016
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Announcing the winners at a function at the newly-opened Malcolm Smith Gallery last week’ Jon Bywater said he was excited by the richness of the diversity assembled. Uxbridge is celebrating the awards’ 10th anniversary this year. It’s the only contemporary art prize in New Zealand with ecology at its core, gallery curator Balamohan Shingade says. When it was started 10 years ago it reflected an academic interest in water bodies which resulted in looking to the then seriously polluted Tamaki Estuary. But over the years more innovative and experimental thoughtful work has been submitted. Mr Bywater said: “One thing that’s important to me is the different potentials for art. The winner surprised me the most, showing that while it’s clear that the ecological value of the Tamaki Estuary waterway matters to everyone, it also matters to each of us differently.” His surprise and delight is reflected in the top place-getters’ works which include a high definition video, a sound work, a photogram and a traditional oil on canvas. Winning work by Emily Parr was an HD video, Te Wai Mokoia (the Tamaki Estuary), relating ecology through a korero between a kuia and her whangai daughter, both long-term residents of Glen Innes. For the residents, the estuary is a site of resource gathering, of learning and exploration and a place to foster interconnectedness with nature, she says in an explanation of her work. The video, Mr Bywater told the Times, was surprising and challenging to him personally. “It takes patience. It’s not an immediate work, taking one-and-a-quarter hours to go through. The conversation with the long-term residents and the changes she expresses could be defined as an ‘essay film’, more a documentary. It could be an avant-garde TV segment. “It provides something that, when we leave here, we will have many things to think about.” The event is supported with $10,000 in prize money from the Howick Local Board. Its chairman David Collings said the awards highlighted the importance of the estuary from an environmental point of view. He said he was a member of the Tamaki Estuary Pollution Control Group formed by the then Auckland City, Manukau City and Auckland Regional Councils in the wake of the ICI fire in Carbine Road which created run-off into the estuary. “ Today the biggest concern is heavy metals, E.coli and plastic. Now the Tamaki East Environmental Forum has evolved, focused on improvements to the estuary for the future rather than on the past. It is great to see how art can open peoples’ minds.” Other prize winners were: Cushla Donaldson ‘Stop the Contamination’ sound work, 2; Katie Theunissen ‘The Littoral Zone’ oil on canvas, merit; and Katy Gundesen ‘Sub-Mouth’ photogram, merit. ■➤ The Estuary Art Awards exhibition will run at the Uxbridge Arts and Culture Centre in Uxbridge Road, Howick , until August 27, and then at the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple in Flat Bush until September 27. Jon Bywater will lead a tour of the exhibition at Uxbridge at 12pm on August 13. Proud parents of Emily Carr, winner of the annual Estuary Art Awards. Times photos Wayne Martin Katy Gundesen picked up a merit award.
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