The Walters Prize | Kōrero with the judge


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This year marks the tenth iteration of the biennial Walters Prize, which was established in 2001 and now celebrates a 20-year legacy of artists and artworks supported over its history. Hear from Kate Fowle, director of Moma PS1 in New York, the judge for this year’s Walters Prize, New Zealand’s contemporary art prize.

This event is a unique chance to hear how New Zealand’s top contemporary art fits into an international context. Kate Fowle will speak to curator Natasha Conland on a live stream from New York, a day before she announces the winner at a gala dinner on Saturday 7 August

Featuring the incredible work of four nominated artists, Fiona Amundsen, Sonya Lacey, Mata Aho Collective and Sriwhana Spong, The Walters Prize 2021 is an outstanding presentation of the best of New Zealand art. 

About Kate Fowle:

Kate Fowle is the director of MoMA PS1. She was appointed in 2019 after six years as the inaugural chief curator of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, and director-at-large at Independent Curators International, New York. Previously, Fowle was the inaugural international curator at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing from 2007 to 2008 and chair of the Master’s Program in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, which she co-founded in 2002. Before moving to the United States, Fowle was codirector of Smith + Fowle in London. From 1994 to 1996 she was curator at the Towner Art Gallery and Museum in Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Photo by James Hill