ILT art awards to be announced friday 3rd august


Supporting Emerging and Established Artists in Southland and New Zealand

The ILT Awards will be presented at 6 pm on 3rd August at SIT’s Raw Gallery, on Don Street, Invercargill.  The Southland Art Society is thrilled to announce that the ILT Foundation has provided funding for a Coordinator and Intern to organise this year’s award.  The event is managed by Coordinator Anna Cannon and Intern Hayley Grant.  Anna Cannon has worked in the arts in Southland since 2000, primarily as a music teacher and composer in Invercargill for many years, and more currently as an event manager and administrator based in Riverton.   Hayley Grant is a third year Bachelor of Visual Arts student at SIT.  Hayley is originally from Geraldine in South Canterbury and has been resident in Invercargill since 2011. Haley is excited to be part of the “real world” event management process in this year’s ILT Art Awards. 

This year’s awards had 76 entries from artists locally and nationally. Southland Art Society Chairperson Kathryn McCully recognizes the importance of the ILT Art Awards as an opportunity for both emerging and established artists in a diversity of media.  “With the support of the ILT, ILT Foundation and SIT, we have been able to ensure the continuance of the awards despite challenges associated with multiple arts institutions in the city closing over the past five years.  We are very grateful to the ILT and ILT Foundation for supporting the employment of a Coordinator and Intern which ensure the smooth delivery of an award which is the most significant in the Invercargill/Southland arts calendar.”

This year, all entries have been accepted into the ILT Art Awards bolstering the Society’s vision that art-making is not an exclusive activity and nor should exhibiting be. The 2018 awards are the first time the event/exhibition has been hosted outside of the City Gallery which closed in December last year.

Artist Michael Armstrong and Graphic Designer Ralph Lawrence will judge this year’s awards.  The awards offer $14,500.00 in prize money making it one of the most significant annual art awards in the country.  SIT’s Raw Gallery in Don Street will be open to the public on August 4th.  The exhibition will be open from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and from 10am-4pm on Saturdays through to September 7th.  All artwork is for sale, and admission is free.