McConnell Family Supreme Award

This prestigious award is presented to the artist selected by the curatorial panel as creating a work that is truly outstanding. The winner was announced at the exhibition opening on 28 November 2015.

McConnell Family Supreme Award – Jamie Pickernell, Keep

Jamie says “This prestigious award is a great recognition from industry professionals that I’m on the right track and reaching a wide range of people.”


The Friends of the Auckland Botanic Gardens acquisition

A unique feature to this exhibition is the acquisition by the Friends of the Auckland Botanic Gardens of one sculpture for the Garden’s permanent sculpture collection.  The selection is made by representatives from the Friends, Auckland Botanic Gardens, Auckland Council and the exhibition curators.

The Friends of the Auckland Botanic Gardens president Bill Burrill announced two acquisitions for 2015/16.  James Wright’s Ratiti Mya and Marte Szirmay’s Seek are now part of the Gardens’ permanent collection.

People’s Choice Award

The People’s Choice Award is the highly coveted ‘stamp of approval’ from exhibition visitors.

Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to vote for their favourite sculpture during the exhibition. Voting cards are available throughout the exhibition at the Huakaiwaka Visitor Centre or information carts out in the Gardens.

$5000 is awarded to the sculptor whose outdoor sculpture is voted as the visitors’ favourite during the exhibition.

Winner of the 2015-2016 Friends People’s Choice Award:

John Ferguson - Khulu

John Ferguson ‘Khulu’

Previous recipients of the Supreme Award

Previous recipients of the Friends Acquisition Award

Previous recipients of the People’s Choice Award


Jamie Pickernell ‘ Oh Crabby, I Do Believe We are Lost’ in the 2013-2014 exhibition