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July 2013

ARTISTS MUST BE IN TO WIN. [Mon, 8 July 2013]

Central Otago District Arts Trust (CODAT) invites all New Zealand artists over the age of 18 to enter their second biennial art competition. The Arts Gold Awards 2013, (previously known as the Central Otago Art Awards) encourages the arts community to pursue excellence and help grow the visual arts to be valued and vital to our region.
CODAT hopes to attract contemporary works which will appeal to both a local and national audience. By presenting art from emerging and established New Zealand artists, CODAT confirms its mission to challenge, inspire and to involve more people in the arts, and to expand horizons for both artists and viewers.
This year’s judges are Dunedin Public Art Gallery Director Cam McCracken and Christchurch Art Gallery curator Felicity Milburn and it is a fantastic opportunity for artists to have their work scrutinised by these eminent art experts.
The winner of the Art Excellence Award will receive $5000 and the Central Otago Artist Award will receive $2000.
Both of these awards will be announced by the judges at Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery in Alexandra on the 25th of October at the VIP opening evening and the subsequent Arts Gold Awards exhibition will run from the 26th October until 7th December.
At the close of the exhibition, the Viewers’ Choice Award winner, determined by votes submitted both at the exhibition and via the online gallery, will be presented with the $1000 award. All those who vote for the Viewers' Choice Award will go into a draw to win a prize pack of delicious Central Otago Wine. Voting starts on the 26th of September.
Entries close 20th September 2013. To find out more or to enter go to