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With the Opening Night of the Christchurch Art Show only days away, the suspense is mounting over who the first of the regional finalists for the STUFF Art Aotearoa Gold Award for Art Excellence will be.  The four finalists – one from each of the four best Art Show events in New Zealand this year – will be announced on the Opening Night of each Show by Lead Judge Karl Chitham – the Director of The Dowse -  one of  New Zealand’s leading contemporary galleries. See recent post about Karl and his credentials.

Each regional Show also has a judge drawn from the area who becomes part of the selection panel for that Show.  We are delighted to announce the 2024 Christchurch Judge to be Kim Wright-Stow who is the Creative Director and second-generation owner of Little River Gallery in Banks Peninsula.  Kim will bring a fresh and valuable perspective to the Award selection process. Bachelor of Arts educated with a background in arts administration and events, Kim's career has been embedded in creative cooperation, facilitating and achieving desired outcomes within creative fields.  No stranger to creative practice herself, Kim has undertaken the study of drawing, painting and ceramics through various avenues over the past 20 years.

We are equally delighted to announce the second national judge who will adjudicate across all four Shows is Frances Morton the Editor of Life Magazine at Stuff, of Sunday Magazine in the Sunday Star-Times and Your Weekend in The Post, The Press and Waikato Times.

Frances Morton is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience including time as head of re:News, TVNZ’s youth digital platform and roles with VICE New Zealand, NZME titles and as Arts Editor for Metro Magazine.  Now as Editor for publications that ‘celebrate, reflect and reveal the best things about life in Aotearoa’ Frances particular interest in the arts and the role they play in our culture and society will be brought to the fore during this Award’s adjudication process.

What an amazing judging line-up for what is promising to become one of New Zealand’s most innovative, interesting and financially rewarding Art Awards – the STUFF $35,000 Art Aotearoa Gold Award for Art Excellence.

The entries are in, the artworks complete, the judges lined up and the race is on!

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