Arts society excited for annual awards

Southland Arts Society president Ann Irving.

DIVERSITY of art is one of the ILT Art Awards’ strengths.

Southland Arts Society president Ann Irving said the annual awards, which were into its second decade, were open to amateur and professional artists, with all mediums, from painting and sculpture, to photography, jewellery and more.

One of the great things about the awards was their diversity, which included works from hobbyists and beginners to professional artists, and were a good platform for emerging artists, she said.

The art awards, which are a major annual event on the Southland arts calendar, include a Supreme Award, Southland Resident Award, People’s Choice and high school pupils were also encouraged to enter.

Mrs Irving said she was even more excited this year about the awards after experiencing the recent AMplify Art Expo held at Ascot Park Hotel.

“Especially after seeing so many artists at the expo.

“The awards are an opportunity for people to get their art out there… up on a wall.”

She said the society was “pretty excited to do it again” [host the awards] this year, especially after the Covid-19 situation last year.

“The society really wanted to keep the awards going, especially as they are an annual event.”

Going by previous years, 60 to 70 entries from established, emerging, amateur and high school artists would be displayed at the Southern Institute of Technology’s Raw Gallery in Don St during the month long exhibition.

Award winners would be announced at the closed opening night on Friday, August 6.

Entries were being accepted until 5pm on Thursday, July 8.

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  • 2021 ILT Art Awards, Raw Gallery, Don St, Invercargill, Friday, August 6, to Friday, September 3.