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 11 November 2017:
McConnell Family Supreme Award 2017-2018 – Louise Purvis’s Gravid
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 Dianne Glenn announced the acquisition for 2017-2018 at he exhibition opening on November 2017:
The Friends of the Auckland Botanic Gardens acquisition – John Edgar’s Font
People’s Choice Award
The People’s Choice Award is the highly coveted ‘stamp of approval’ from exhibition visitors.
Visitors to the exhibition were encouraged to vote for their favourite sculpture during the exhibition. Voting cards were available throughout the exhibition at the Huakaiwaka Visitor Centre or online.
$5000 was awarded to the sculptor whose outdoor sculpture was voted as the visitors’ favourite during the exhibition.
Friends People’s Choice Award winner 2017-2018 – Lucy Bucknall’s Howling Together
Previous recipients of the Supreme Award
Previous recipients of the Friends Acquisition Award
Previous recipients of the People’s Choice Award