National Drawing Award 2006

2 - 16 December 2006

16 - 27 January 2007

Judged by Brian Butler, Danae Mossman, Heather Galbraith

Artspace and The Physics Room are pleased to announce that Auckland based artist Christina Read is the winner of the National Drawing Award 2006.

Christina Read’s drawing titled ‘I should have been a detective’ was selected as the winner out of 550 drawings by Artspace Director Brian Butler, City Gallery Wellington's Senior Curator Heather Galbraith and The Physics Room's Director Danae Mossman.

The judges said: "'I should have been a detective' is full of mystery, absurdity and sophistication that plays on its simple rendering. It appears to be a mindless doodle, yet on closer inspection the work offers an intriguing ambiguity that creates a spin of ideas and possibilities."

“The winning drawing was one that all three selectors couldn't walk away from. Its apparent simplicity belies the layers of association that spark on viewing. It provoked lively discussion and kept snagging us back.”
The 2006 winner Christina Read is awarded $4000 cash and will also have a publication co-produced by the two galleries.

The judges also chose three merit award drawings by Tessa Laird, Peter Madden and Marnie Slater: “The drawings given merit commendations were also truly fantastic, Peter Madden's strange milieu of zoological and botanical bedfellows was accomplished and elegant in its composition, Marnie Slater's disembodied sleeping face, both haunting and exquisitely rendered, and Tessa Laird's genuine facsimile of a Len Lye notebook - a riot of stream of consciousness opinion (real or fake?) and a terrific riff of historical legacies and early-mid 20th century fascination with indigenous treasures.”

“Once we got down to the final ten works, every drawing was so different, following its own route of enquiry, through a range of media. It is so heartening to see so many brilliant, funny and unsettling works exploring this medium.”

Opening the award up to a wide audience, the public vote decided on the People's Choice Award, announced on 27 January 2007 at The Physics Room. Hong Kong and Auckland based artist Yuk King Tan was voted the winner for her drawing ‘Makeshift City’. She received $1000 cash and a full page reproduction of her drawing in the autumn issue of Art News magazine.

All 550 entries were exhibited at Artspace and The Physics Room in two parts. See calendar for Saturday Talks during the exhibition.

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With the generous support of Chartwell, Art News and Real Art Charitable Trust