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The Trusts Art and Sculpture Awards – a top national arts event

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Entries are open for the 27th annual The Trusts Art and Sculpture Awards, the longest running arts awards in New Zealand that, with 450 entries last year, have clearly established themselves as one of the prestige events on the national arts calendar.

The Awards are unique because they are open to all and allow amateur and lesser known artists the opportunity to show their work alongside that of some of the most established artists in the country. On top of that, there’s the possibility of being an award winner in a major art event.

Entries to the Awards, which are organised by the Waitakere Central Community Arts Council (WCCAC), close on 16 September and the Awards evening is on 3 October 2013.

First place is now worth $4,000 and the successful artist gets to keep their winning artwork to sell which, being a winner, is likely to command a premium price.

The paintings can cover various media and content such as oil, acrylic, watercolour and mixed media. There are 10 cash/voucher prizes to be won.

Entrants in the painting (Art) category may enter work in Still Life; Landscape; Portrait or Figurative; Abstract; Looking West and Our People Our Place.

The Trusts Sculpture Award has a first prize of $2,000 with 6 other cash prizes. The Sculpture Award is an open category with restrictions on size and weight.

The Awards represent a huge challenge to the small WCCAC team which spends around 600 hours creating a 650 square metre exhibition in Shed 2 at the Corban Estate Arts Centre.