Miles Art Awards winners of 2016 l-r Jlo Karora, Graham Crow, Alex Miln and Tawhai Rickard.

Miles Art Awards winners 2016 

 
The winners of the 2016 Miles Art Awards have been announced tonight during the awards and exhibition opening event at Tauranga Art Gallery.
 
The fourth biennial awards and exhibition at Tauranga Art Gallery, which started in 2010, has been generously supported by The Venetta Miles Trust. Venetta Miles was one of Tauranga Art Gallery’s original donors, and with these awards she is being remembered for her foresight and generosity.
 
This year’s judge Ane Tonga said she was very impressed with the variety of work that traversed a range of subject matters, art making traditions and mediums. 
 
“Overall, the works entered showcased some innovative approaches to art making traditions which I’d attribute to the thriving arts scene in the Bay of Plenty region,” she said.
 
Miles Art Awards 2016 Supreme winning work by Alex Miln. Photo: Colin Lunt
The Miles Supreme Award and $5000 prize money was won by Alex Miln from Papamoa Beach with his entry Genuine miles. His work stood out to the judge in a number of ways. 
 
“It was a work that continually revealed a level of complexity that isn’t obvious from a surface glance. There is an incredibly clever play on form, function and medium that kept me coming back to this work with intrigue,” Miss Tonga said.    
 
Graham Crow from Tauranga won the Friends of the Gallery Award and $500 prize money with his work titled Shift - greengold/magenta.
 
The Ethel McMillan Award and $250 prize has gone to Tauranga-based artist Tawhai Rickard for his work named Land or continent of great extent.
 
The Mayor’s Award for Emerging Artist and $250 prize was won by Jlo (Juanita-Louisa) Karora with an impressive moving image work she has named 77x.