The Walters Prize 2012

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

The $50,000 Walters Prize is awarded for an outstanding work of contemporary New Zealand art produced and exhibited during the past two years. Previous winners were Yvonne Todd for Asthma and Eczema (2002), et al. for restricted access (2004), Francis Upritchard for Doomed, Doomed, All Doomed (2006), Peter Robinson for ACK (2008) and Dan Arps for Explaining Things (2010).

Named in honour of the late New Zealand artist Gordon Walters, the prize was established in 2002 by Founding Benefactors and Principal Donors Erika and Robin Congreve and Dame Jenny Gibbs, working together with Auckland Art Gallery. The Prize, held every two years, aims to make contemporary art a more widely recognised and debated feature of cultural life.

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Winner of the Walters Prize 2012
Kate Newby is the winner of the Walters Prize 2012 for her work Crawl out your window. She wins $50,000 and an all expenses paid trip to New York with the opportunity to exhibit her work at Saatchi & Saatchi's world headquarters.

International judge, Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo, Japan, Mami Kataoka says, 'I would like to award the 2012 Walters Prize to Kate Newby. It has been very difficult to create an order among the four artists' practices, which are all outstanding in different ways. While Newby's work is probably the least eloquent by making minimal interventions into the given space, it embraces memories of locations, her personal gestures and subtle actions, which viewers can relate to through small objects embedded into the concrete ramp and the materiality of the suspended fabric.

'More importantly, the use of natural light and the way the work gradually crawls out of the museum space is the most reserved but radical way of transcending the fixed architectural space for contemporary art, liberating us towards wider universal space. The colour yellow emphasizes the cognition for the light and the space and the whole installation offers the physical experience and awareness of both void and silence. This decision is derived from my attempt to evoke a state of equilibrium in our ever competitive and hierarchical society and its abiding belief in power.'

Finalists for The Walters Prize 2012:

- Simon Denny: Introductory logic video tutorial, shown at Artspace, Sydney (5 March-10 April 2010)
- Alicia Frankovich: Floor Resistance, shown at Hebbel Am Ufer, HAU 3, Berlin, (25 June 2011)
- Kate Newby: Crawl out your window, shown at Gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst GAK, Bremen (28 August-7 November 2010)
- Sriwhana Spong: Fanta Silver and Song, shown at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (4 February-5 March 2011)

Jurors:
- David Cross - artist, writer, curator and associate professor in Fine Arts at Massey University, Wellington
- Aaron Kriesler - curator at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin
- Kate Montgomery - senior arts advisor for Visual Art at Creative New Zealand
- Gwynneth Porter - writer, editor and publisher

International judge:
The international judge for the Walters Prize 2012 prize will be named later this year. They will select the winner, announced at a gala dinner in October. The winner will receive $50,000 and an all expenses paid trip to New York, including the opportunity to exhibit at Saatchi & Saatchi's world headquarters. The Walters Prize 2010 international judge was highly respected former-director of London's Tate Modern, Vicente Todoli.

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Where

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions

All Ages

Other details

Auckland Art Gallery website
About Sriwhana Spong