2017 National Contemporary Art Award sponsored by Chow:Hill.
For the 18th year, The Waikato Museum brought the award to Hamilton, and hosted this year's Judge, Elizabeth Caldwell, Director of City Gallery Wellington. Pared down from 236 entries to 50 finalists, the National Contemporary Art Award was announced at a warm celebratory evening on 28 July in Hamilton. The $20,000 prize went to Kim Pieter's abstract painting titled, The Meaning of Ethics, which some have likened to the work of Cy Twombly.
"Subtle workings with the colour mauve were involved, but it was the large empty spaces daringly left around the central abstract forms that provided the artwork with a certain authority and power." ~ Peter Dornauf
At Chow:Hill, we see architecture as a form of public art. It sits at the fulcrum point where a client's private interests and motivations are balanced with the public effects on the built environment. This balancing is achieved through clever creative design.
Like art, architecture is not merely a response to rules of compliance and budgets, but an emotional experience. One cannot differentiate between art and architecture when 'experiencing' the Pantheon in Rome. Chow:Hill recognises the close relationship between art and architecture, and the creative approach to both. We appreciate the cultural legacy as each can contribute for the common good.
Along with Tomkins Wake, Chow:Hill's sponsorship of the NCAA is now in its third year. Philanthropic by nature, sponsorship is something the team at Chow:Hill considers carefully from year to year. Recently, Chow:HIll has sponsored arts-related events and projects such as the restoration of Hodgkins' Child in a Pram at the Auckland Museum. This signals both their commitment to the local community as well as the arts, to which Chow:Hill design disciplines closely align. Above all, the sponsorship approach is founded on a company vision that values innovation, authenticity and inspiration.
August 30, 2017