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Students take out top art awards

It was a clean sweep for ACG Senior College art students at the 31st Art & Sculpture Awards Exhibition at Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson.

The national event featured artists from all over New Zealand and more than $17,000 in prizes were awarded to winners decided by a three-judge panel.

ACG Senior College students took out the top three places for 13-15 year olds, and the top two places in 16-18 year old photography.

In the 13-15 year old section: 

  • 1st place, Amelia Blockley, ‘Where the flower blooms’ – digital image and stitch on canvas
  • 2nd place, Zhefengfan Wang, ‘Waiting’ – woodcut
  • 3rd place, Maya Van Der Laan, ‘Luke’ – batik

In the 16-18 year old Photography section:

  • 1st place – Caitlin Myers, ‘Knotted’
  • 2nd place – Ruben Peterson, ‘Rangitoto bach owners’

ACG Senior College art teacher Debbie McLachlan said it had been a strong field of competition.

“There were beautiful drawings and paintings submitted in the art section from some extremely talented young students, but the judges seemed to choose pieces that were more unusual, a little bit out of the box, but highly creative and imaginative works. That’s exactly what our Year 11 students did, and they were lucky enough to be placed first, second and third.”

The year 13 photographers Caitlin and Ruben were also rewarded for their creative, sensitive works by placing first and second in the photography section.

“I am so very proud of them all, I think their artworks were stunning and I’m really glad that I didn’t have to choose between them.”

The Art & Sculpture Awards Exhibition is run by Waitakere Central Community Arts Council.

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