Cat Thompson won the Friends of Tauranga Art Gallery Award and $1000 prize money for her ceramic work titled I cede to you. The Mayor’s Award of $500 was awarded to Darcell Apelu for her work titled To Secure My Place I Must Leave. And Lynette Fisher, with her work titled My Friend Awhina, 1981, took out the Ethel MacMillan Award and $250 prize money.
The Incubator Emerging Artist Award, a new award created in 2018, was awarded to Isaac Crowe for his work titled Angela of Makawe. The prize for this award is the opportunity to exhibit at the Incubator Gallery. This is part of the Incubator Creative Hub initiative titled FIRST SOLO, an emerging artists exhibition series.
Bay of Plenty Times People's Choice Award
Vote for your favourite work in the exhibition by August 5, 2018. Votes will be counted on August 7, 2018 and the work with the most votes wins!
Miles Supreme Award – $10,000
Friends of Tauranga Art Gallery Award – $1000
The Mayor’s Award – $500
Ethel MacMillan Award – $250
The Incubator Emerging Artist Award – Opportunity to exhibit at the Incubator Gallery*
Bay of Plenty Times People’s Choice Award – Profile in the Bay of Plenty Times vibe publication on Aug 16, 2018
*The winner will exhibit work as part of the Incubator Creative Hub initiative titled FIRST SOLO, including an introduction and alignment with a ‘one on one’ mentor, the cost of the production and exhibition delivery, experienced curatorial service, significant press coverage, marketing and audience building campaign, collective mentorship from the wider Incubator Creative Hub community, a highly promoted opening night event and three weeks display in the Incubator Gallery.
Auckland Art Gallery Maori Art Curator Nigel Borell judged the judge of the 2018 Miles Art Awards.
Borell was impressed with the diversity, vitality and brilliance of the award entries, saying “The pursuit of excellence and quality is surely one of the goals for any artist and there are some outstanding examples of this idea in the 2018 nominees.”
Nigel Borell has more than 13 years’ experience in the Maori visual arts. He joined the Auckland Art Gallery - Toi o Tāmaki in 2015, following roles with the Auckland War Memorial Museum and as Māori Arts Manager for Auckland Council – South. Borell is also the current chair of the New Zealand-national Māori visual arts committee Te Ātinga, Toi Māori Aotearoa.