Hawke's Bay Art Review 2019

Date: Dec 18 – Apr 30Space: Main Gallery

Creative Arts Napier is hosting the 2019 biennial HAWKE’S BAY ART REVIEW – a selected exhibition at the CAN, showcasing art excellence in Hawke’s Bay.

Submissions are invited from local emerging and established artists in printmaking, painting and drawing, sculpture and ceramics from artists throughout New Zealand, who have close connections to Hawke’s Bay.

We are proud to announce that the Guest Judge for 2019 is Bill Milbank.

CAN is delighted that Bill Milbank  has kindly agreed to be our selector for the Hawke’s Bay Art Review. Bill is the former long-term director of Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery, Art dealer at Milbank Gallery & exhibition curator , and has previously judged the ‘East’ exhibition at Hastings City Art Gallery.

Bill will also select the winning art work, to be announced at the Gala Opening on Friday 31 May 2019. The winner will receive the Gordon Harris Award of $1000 worth of artist’s materials.

Key Dates:

  • Calls for Submissions: NOW OPEN: $30 per entry
  • Tuesday 30 April at 4.00pm: Submissions close
  • Friday 17 May: Artists informed of selection
  • Tuesday 28 May: Last Courier and hand delivery to CAN by 4.00pm
    No late deliveries accepted.
  • Friday 31 May 5-7pm: Gala Opening: Announcement of $1000 winner
  • Thursday 27 June: Exhibition Closes
  • Friday 28 June: Collection and return of unsold works.

Please contact Creative Arts Napier for full details and application form: bookings@thecan.co.nz

or download the entry form, and terms and conditions below:

Hawkes Bay Art Review Terms and Conditions 2019

About Bill Milbank:

Bill Milbank owns WHMilbank Gallery. He is an art dealer, consultant, appraiser and valuer.

Bill set up his art gallery and consultancy in 2007 after a long, successful and high profile career as the Whanganui Sarjeant Gallery director. Over his time from 1978 to 2005, Bill developed and toured more exhibitions around New Zealand than any other NZ public gallery.

He was recognized at a national level becoming chair of the Art Galleries Directors’ Council and Vice Chair of the Art Galleries Association of New Zealand. He is currently executive officer of the Edith Collier Trust. Bill also put in place the extension plans for the Sarjeant Gallery, which are now coming to fruition.

The WHMilbank Gallery curates monthly exhibitions of local and New Zealand artists in a beautiful, historic building, once the home to the United Ancient Order of Druids, at 1B Bell Street,  just a short walk from the Sarjeant Gallery. In rooms behind this gallery he presents stock by diverse artists and in the large spacious Druids meeting hall he displays New Zealand’s most comprehensive dealer gallery collection of paintings and drawings of New Zealand’s leading expressionist painter Philip Trusttum. These works are available for viewing and purchase backed by Bill’s knowledge and advice. Based on his extensive art knowledge Bill also provides the public with fairly priced art appraisals and valuations.

Bill also offers curatorial advice and assistance to Art Galleries and Museums, and based on his consultancy services to public and private collections. In particular he was the conceptual curator for three Major exhibitions for Puke Ariki. These were “TARANAKI WHENUA”, “TARANAKI CULTURE” and “TARANAKI ECONOMY” which showed between 2007 and 2010. In 2012 he was contracted by the Hastings City Art Gallery to curate “EAST 2012” an exhibition of works by Artists associated with Hawkes Bay. The Art Gallery called for slides from artists who had connections to that locale and was provided with discs of these images to select contenders for the exhibition. Bill then visited artists shortlisted and made a final selection of artists and work. A handsome catalogue was produced and he spoke at the opening and later made comments on the works and responded to artists’ questions.

Over recent years Bill has been asked to select and judge several Art Award Exhibitions for the South Taranaki Arts Trust – at Opanaki, and at Hawera for the Lysaght Watt Gallery. He keeps a close eye on general art practice throughout New Zealand and internationally.

We would like to thank Crab Farm Winery, Scenic Circle Te Pania Hotel and Gordon Harris for their generous sponsorship of the 2019 Hawke’s Bay Art Review. 


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