2016 Walters Prize nominees announced

Shannon Te Ao, Two shoots that stretch far out (still), 2013–2014, single-channel video, colour, sound. Courtesy the artist Joyce Campbell, Flightdream (still), 2015, HD video, 25 mins. Courtesy the artist and Two Rooms Gallery, Auckland Raise the anchor, unfurl the sails, set course to the centre of an ever setting sun!, 2015. Commissioned by SCAPE Public Art. Photo: Hannah Watkinson. Courtesy the artist and Jonathan Smart Gallery Lisa Reihana, in Pursuit of Venus [Infected] (still), 2015. Courtesy the artist and Auckland Art Gallery

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki has announced the four nominees for the 2016 Walters Prize. Finalists for the biennial prize are nominated by an independent jury of curators and artists who select works (from the previous two years) to be shown at the gallery. The winning artist, who will be selected in September during the public exhibition, (6 July through Sunday 30 October 2016) will receive $50,000, with each finalist receiving $5,000.

The nominees this year are Joyce Campbell, Nathan Pohio, Lisa Reihana and Shannon Te Ao.

The Walters Prize, established in 2002, was initiated to help create a greater understanding of contemporary art in New Zealand and to make contemporary art a more widely recognised, debated and prominent feature of the country’s cultural life. 

10 Mar 2016.