The Pat Hanly Creativity Awards are open to Year 13 students of a Visual Arts subject, from the greater Auckland area. Heads of department are invited to nominate a Year 13 student who has demonstrated 'outstanding creativity, imagination and commitment'.
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki has been the proud host of The Pat Hanly Student Art Awards since 2002. The awards honour Pat’s outstanding contribution to New Zealand art and acknowledge his relationship with the Friends of Auckland Art Gallery and with the wider Gallery community.
The Pat Hanly Art Awards were created to acknowledge the voice of young people, he respected and encouraged those voices, indeed when he ‘retired’ as an artist, he said it was ‘to make way for the new generation of artists’. Youth and art and new ways of seeing were things he honoured and cared about and wished to give a platform to.
– Amber Rhodes, daughter of Pat Hanly. Read below Amber’s account of growing up with a father who lived, breathed and celebrated living life creatively.
In the spirit of Pat’s memory, and in consultation with the Hanly family, from 2017 onwards these awards are being expanded into The Pat Hanly Creativity Awards. The award will now focus on recognising secondary school students who display high levels of creativity in the Visual Arts.
This new approach expands the focus of the award to acknowledge the constantly developing nature of what it is to be an artist and creative in the 21st century. Today visual artists are not only makers of objects and images, but researchers and thinkers across many disciplines; experts in technology and media; designers; inventors and entrepreneurs. In an environment of such diversity, it is thinking and working creatively that connects these practices.
The awards have always been about making art accessible, and encouraging young people to feel they can have a voice. They offer a way to create a valuable sense of achievement and recognition, and open up the possibility of making lasting connections both with peers and with past alumni of the awards. The relaunched awards aim with this new emphasis on creativity, to create space for expanded understandings and engagement with art in all its potential forms.
The awards are open to Year 13 students of a Visual Arts subject, from the greater Auckland area. Heads of department are invited to nominate a Year 13 student who has demonstrated 'outstanding creativity, imagination and commitment'. Each student nominated will be presented with a Pat Hanly Award and a prize donated from Gordon Harris. Please note that Tautai Contemporary Pacific Art Trust will provide an additional prize for students of Pacific heritage nominated for the award. At a future date all award recipients will be invited to reconnect and attend an event at the Gallery to participate in a workshop with artists supported by Tautai Contemporary Pacific Art Trust, AUT and the Gallery.
To nominate one of your Year 13 art students for this year’s awards please download the form below and complete the entry requirements.
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