Aotearoa New Zealand's contemporary art award, the Walters Prize returns to the Gallery in 2021 for its tenth iteration.
Named in honour of pioneering modernist painter Gordon Walters (1919–1995), the Walters Prize is awarded for an outstanding work of contemporary New Zealand art produced and exhibited during the past two years. The biennial prize aims to make contemporary art a more widely recognised and debated feature of cultural life.
Previous winners were; Yvonne Todd for Asthma and Eczema (2002), et al. for restricted access (2004), Francis Upritchard for Doomed, Doomed, All Doomed (2006), Peter Robinson for ACK (2008), Dan Arps for Explaining Things (2010), Kate Newby for Crawl out your window (2012), Luke Willis Thompson for Inthisholeonthisislandwhereiam (2014), Shannon Te Ao for Two shoots that stretch far out 2013–14 and Okea ururoatia (never say die) 2016 (2016), and Ruth Buchanan for BAD VISUAL SYSTEMS (2018).