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ILT Art Awards

Access entry forms for the 2018 awards here:

Theme: Open Entries in all media eligible.

No previously exhibited work eligible. Work must have been completed in past year.


Supreme Award - open nationally $6,000.00

2nd - open nationally $2,500.00

3rd - open nationally $1,000.00

Southland Resident Award - Southland only $4,000.00

People’s Choice - open nationally $500.00

Year 11-13 Award - Southland only $500.00

Entry Forms & Fees: For EACH entry enclose or direct debit the entry fee of:

-$25.00 for SAS members (per entry)

-$30.00 for non-members (per entry)

This fee is non-refundable. Entry forms are to be received no later than 5pm Thursday 12th July. To be sent with Entry Form: 1 x A4 image of work. Name,title,medium,price,dimensions to be written on the back, OR email a high resolution digital photograph with details included in email. No late entries will be accepted. Please make cheques payable to “Southland Art Society”. Entry fee as above.

Post entry forms to Southern Institute of Technology, Attn: Kathryn McCully, 133 Tay Street, Invercargill 9810 or email to

Selection: You will be notified of selection or non-selection on Thursday 19th July via email. If selected (local) artworks must be received on Thursday 26th July from 1-5pm at the SIT Downtown campus. No late works will be accepted. Out of town artworks must be received no later than Monday 30th July. No late works will be accepted. Inward and outward freight is the responsibility of the entrant. Pre-paid return freight tickets and a return address label for unsold work must be included. 

Delivery of Work: All works to be delivered to: Southern Institute of Technology Attn: Kathryn McCully, 133 Tay Street, Invercargill 9810. Please note insurance and packaging of entries are the entrant’s responsibility.

Conditions of Entry: Open to any creative practitioner residing in New Zealand. Participants may enter up to two works. EACH entry must be accompanied with a separate entry form and fee. Works must not have been previously exhibited. All works must be original and have been completed in the past year. All works must be ready to install with appropriate fixtures and any necessary hanging instructions. No incomplete, damaged or poorly presented works will be accepted. Work may be disqualified at this stage if any of the above applies. 2D works must not exceed 1200mm including frame on its longest side (with D-rings 75mm from to top, if applicable). 3D works must not exceed 1200mm on its longest side. Name, title of work, medium and price must be attached to the work as well as on a swing label. The entry fee is non refundable. The organisers reserve the right to photograph or reproduce images of selected work/s, for publicity related to the exhibition. Insurance is the responsibility of the entrant. Works not collected by the due date will become the property of the SAS. The judges will announce the award winners on Friday 3rd August. The judges’ decisions shall be final and no correspondance will be entered into.

Enquiries & Information: Kathryn McCully 0211052230

Quick Check Calendar

Thursday 12th July Entry form, fee & photograph of work due.

Thursday 19th July Entrants notified of selection via email.

Thursday 26th July Selected artworks due between 1pm-5pm Kea Rm, SIT Downtown campus.

Friday 3rd August Awards announced at private opening night, 6pm.

Saturday 4th August Exhibition open to the public 10am-4pm Sat, 9am-5pm Mon-Fri

Friday 7th September Exhibition closes at 5pm.

Monday 10th & Tuesday 11th September All artworks to be collected. Uncollected artworks become the property of the SAS. No storage is available.


Mike Armstrong is an award winning painter and sculptor, principally as the Frances Hodgkins Fellow of 1984, working as an exhibiting artist for forty-five years, exhibiting nationally and internationally. He is an art lecturer at the Timaru Campus of Ara Institute of Canterbury, a publicly funded tertiary educational institution, working there for over twenty years. His drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture is well represented in significant national art collections.
From the early 1980s onward there is an organic growth of ideas, and during these four decades of artistic creativity several key ideas have remained quite consistent. There has been a continuous formal exploration, extending the boundaries of the painted surfaces spatially beyond the frame, combining the painted surfaces with sculptural elements, thereby extending the meanings and implications of the paintings. There are different materials employed, canvas, plywood, and aluminium being the main ones, where the sculptural materials are bent, twisted, looped and layered to build meaning and movement. More recently the artist has returned to painting on a rectangular canvas. 
“Some years ago I was moved to express political thought through painting. My view is that my art is not propaganda. Painting certainly does not have the social or cultural impact of the newer media in art; video and computer generated imagery is much more compelling to watch and digital media platforms potentially have a mass audience. In a democracy all one can do is to have one’s say. We do not live in settled times, and drastic change is happening. Our Western sense of being in collective control of our future is diminished by events and the deliberate actions and inactions exercised by political and economic power. There is a renewed interest in being involved and in claiming back power, through collectivism, protest and through being organised, in which art plays a part.”
The artist states, “Recent paintings use abstraction and representational drawing together in paint. Small images are drawn into and over abstract layers of colour. In drawing and painting there are many conceptual starting points.” Colour and humour, politics and social commentary dominate Armstrong”s current work. A competent and expressive painter, he carefully crafts layers of meaning into drawn scenes, forming a dialogue of ideas. These are skilfully interwoven with layers of gestural paint and textured surfaces.
On one level these current paintings are metaphors for western culture, capitalism and industry seemingly hell bent on self-destruction: another civilisation run its course, exhausted, pulling itself apart; the fundamentals of western expansion and exploitation at its limit, as nature reacts through global climate change. Painting is in itself a quiet political protest in a world of total immersion in business driven consumerism, economic models, corporatisation and centralised hegemonies, but on another level, of the artist, the collective unconscious, of the dream.

Ralph Lawrence is a graduate in typographic design from the University of Canterbury. He is a direct descendant of William Lawrence of Maple Grove who arrived and settled the Oteramika Block in 1857. He is a career print and publication designer, writer (and sometime academic) now living near Dunedin where he works primarily in digital communications. Ralph has exhibited in group exhibitions in Invercargill, Dunedin, Gore and Germany, and his work is held in private collections in Germany and Italy. He has travelled and worked extensively in Asia, Australasia, Africa, the Middle East, US and Europe.

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About the Awards:

Taking Flight: McIntyre Dick & Partners Art Awards and exhibition represents the emergence of a new way of working. The exhibitions once associated with the Southland Art Society will no longer be tied to one particular venue but will occupy space around the city and region continuing to deliver an annual programme of exhibitions, workshops and events.  Taking Flight, therefore, is both a celebration of the art of Southland and the  numerous partnerships that promote the identity and support the vibrancy that the creative industries bring to our region. Works that reflect on and question what it means to be a Southlander in any media are eligible for entry. The Awards are being coordinated by the DIY Museum. The DIY Museum project is based around the concept of performing the actions of the public museum within a community. In practical terms this involves working in the capacity of a facilitator to realise creative projects/activities around Invercargill/Southland.

DIY Museum:

There are creative practitioners in the Invercargill/Southland region who have had limited opportunities to share their practices with others. Many are also on the outside of the decision-making processes associated with arts/cultural development in the region. The DIY Museum's ethos is to perform a responsive museum model that connects with the aspirations of community members to present an annual public programme of events/activities. The DIY Museum also aims to reach parts of the community that may not consider the institutional model that is the traditional public museum/gallery as accessible. Audience will be approached from the perspective of creating a scene that engages publics with projects over a period of time providing greater opportunities to connect throughout the creative process rather than simply engaging with the finished art product. Initially being inspired by the concept of the "museum without walls", the DIY Museum attempts to work in the gaps - or in those areas not being addressed in the context of museum practice in the region. The DIY Museum is a responsive approach to museum practice that positions the city/region as site and therefore makes use of existing infrastructure to present projects/activities.



Friday 2nd February 2018, 5pm                                     Entry forms and fee (including membership if applicable)                   

Monday 19th February -  Friday 16th March 2018         Exhibition dates

Monday 5th February                                                      Notification of selection/non-selection (via email)

Monday 12th February 1-3pm Claride & Brodrick         Submission of works for exhibition

Friday 16th February                                                       Judging

Friday 16th February                                                       Opening  5.30pm Raw Gallery (other venues may be included subject to                                                                                                  number of entries) Monday to Friday 9am-5pm Exhibition opening hours

Monday 19th March                                                         All entries should be collected between 1pm and 4pm from the applicable                                                                                              venue.


McIntyre Dick & Partners First Prize $800.00

Art Supplies Southland “Most Interesting Use of Medium” (value) $250.00

Claridge & Brodrick Artisan Picture Framing “Push the Limits” (voucher) $200.00

Environment Southland “Our Environment” $250.00

Document Destruction Service "Promising New Entrant" $250.00

McDowall Print "Best Relationship to Theme" $300.00

Conditions of Entry:

· All entrants must reside in Southland.

· Works that reflect on what it means to be a Southlander in any media are eligible for entry.

· All entry forms and fees MUST be received at Claridge and Brodrick Artisan Picture Framing, 21 The Crescent or by email to

· Works will be accepted on Monday 12th February between 1pm and 3pm at Claridge and Brodrick Artisan Picture Framing, 21 The Crescent. All works should be suitably packaged if applicable.

· Late entries will not be accepted.

· Maximum dimensions of work to be 1500mm at the longest edge (including frame).

· All framed works must have D-rings at least 13mm wide securely attached 75mm from the top of the frame for hanging, or  if sculptural/digital etc discuss  installation with Kathryn McCully prior to the exhibition entry closing date.

· All digital works e.g. film and animation must be correctly formatted to play on a standard flat-screen and submitted on a USB.

· A high resolution (300 DPI), colour, A4 image or, for moving images, a rough-cut should be included with all entry forms for the process of selection.  

· $25.00 per person is to be paid for the submission of one artwork. Artist members may submit two, (membership must be up to date to qualify to enter two works). PLEASE NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances the SAS is not currently accepting  membership fees therefore all entrants may enter two works for the $25 entry fee. 

· Artist statements are to be emailed to by the entry closing date. No handwritten statements will be accepted.

· All works and packaging must be clearly labelled. Art works must have swing-tags clearly identifying name, title, medium, price, and contact details.

· Entries not labelled and ready to install will be excluded.

· Work must be available to remain on display for the full duration of the exhibition.

· Insurance is the responsibility of the artist. Associated venues and facilitators accept no liability for any loss or damage.

· All work will be subject to selection. The decision of the judge/s will be final and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into.

· All works for sale should include 33.3% commission plus GST. Sales will be administered through Claridge and Brodrick.

· All work must be collected on Monday 19th March between 1pm and 4pm from the applicable venue. No liability or responsibility is accepted by associated venues and facilitators for uncollected work. Packaging submitted with entries will be made available for re-packaging.

· Workshops delivered by the judges may also be available to members/entrants. Please refer to website or contact Kathryn McCully at for further information.

Access Entry Forms here:


We are fortunate to have two established artists judging the awards - Ewan McDougall and Greg McDonald. Both artists will be delivering workshops at SIT so if you are a current member of the SAS you may be able to attend. See below for  judges' biographies and workshop registration information.


Ewan McDougall was born in Wellington, New Zealand.

His family later moved to Oamaru where he was educated at Waitaki Boys High School and taught by Colin Wheeler. Ewan attended Otago University while also working in freezing works and drumming in Rock bands. He gained an Honours Degree in Political Studies in 1971. He worked at Otago University as an academic before travelling wildly.

In 1983 he married his partner Sarah in Perth, Western Australia, and returned to New Zealand and after being admitted to Queen Mary Hospital in Hamner Springs in 1988, he began to paint full-time. Ewan has had eighty-five solo exhibitions and has exhibited in New Zealand Public Galleries and  internationally.

In 2003, Ewan showed in Southern Heat in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and in February, 2016, the touring solo show Fun and Fury was hosted by the Tauranga Art Gallery. This exhibition was hosted by Te Manawa in April –August, 2016, and in August –September, 2017, was hosted by the Southland Museum and Art Gallery. In 1994 he exhibited in Penzance and St. Ives in Cornwall. Ten years later he exhibited in the Sydney Art Show with Gallery 2021.

In 2005  Ewan exhibited in London with the prestigious Rebecca Hossack Gallery, as well as showing with RHG in The Chelsea Art Show and The London Art Fair. That year he also exhibited with three other painters at Arte Imagini Gallery in Cremona City, Italy. In 2006 he showed in Color Elefante Gallery in Valencia, Spain. And in May, 2012, Ewan exhibited with other New Zealand artists in Chelsea, New York City. In 2017 he exhibited with selected artists in the Dunedin Sister City exhibition at The Yu Yuan Gardens Gallery in Shanghai, as well as in a solo exhibition in the Brighton Arts Festival, UK.

Ewan has been a multiple finalist or prize-winner in many prominent New Zealand Art Awards. He was a prize winner in the Cleveland and Mainland Art Awards in the 1990s, a finalist in the Wallace awards on ten occasions, a finalist in the Adam NZ Portraiture Awards four times and a Finalist in The Waikato Art Awards. Ewan has works in public collections including: The Sir James Wallace Collection, The University of Otago Auckland Centre Collection, The Dunedin Public Hospital Collection, The Selwyn Hall University of Otago Collection, The Centre of Contemporary Art Collection, The Aigantighe Gallery Collection, The Eastern Southland Gallery Collection and The Forrester Gallery Collection.

In 2011 the hardcover book on Ewan’s life and work Ewan McDougall Paintings [ed. Dr David Marks] was published by Art-N-Stuff Press, London. The book was launched in Gallery de Novo, Dunedin. A  documentary film by Declan Wong on McDougall premiered at Toitu Museum in Dunedin in December, 2012, and the film has been shown at Public Gallery exhibitions and the artist’s dealer gallery shows throughout Aotearoa and in Brighton UK.

Ewan and Sarah’s collaboration Pearler: 15 paintings and 15 poems celebrating their 30 year Wedding Anniversay was published in 2013. Ewan is married to playwright Sarah McDougall and has three children: Melissa, Paul, and William. He lives and works in Broad Bay on the Otago Peninsula.

Ewan McDougall hard at work in his studio

Ewan McDougall hard at work in his studio

Greg McDonald Artist Biography

Greg McDonald Artist Biography

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