Opportunities Information

New Contemporary Art Award established in memory of Grace Butler, 'one of the first women [artists] who bothered about New Zealand scenery.'[1]

  • The Grace Butler Memorial Foundation announces the establishment of a new contemporary art award in memory of "plein – air" painter Grace Butler (1886 – 1962).
  • The Grace Butler Memorial Foundation Award at Ara consists of a three month residency, inclusive of a grant of $20,000 and studio at Ara School of Art and Design.
  • The Award is for an artist who has an association with Canterbury whose work "gives consideration to place and environment - natural and/or built."
  • The Grace Butler Memorial Foundation Award at Ara was established by the artist's daughter, Grace Adams (1923 – 2012), and the Grace Butler Memorial Foundation.
  • For more than four decades Grace Butler captured the light and colour of Canterbury, particularly the Arthur's Pass region and New Brighton. Her paintings bridged the divide between 19th century landscape painting and the modernity and regionalism of the 1930s.
  • As a woman artist, working in the early decades of the 20th century, Grace Butler's paintings provided a model for the generation that followed, giving credibility to landscape as an appropriate subject for women artists.
  • The selection panel for the inaugural award is; Lecturer in Art History and Theory at the University of Canterbury, Barbara Garrie, artist Jacquelyn Greenbank, and curator at the Christchurch Art Gallery, Peter Vangioni.
  • The Grace Butler Memorial Foundation says that it is "honoured and excited to be supporting the work of contemporary Canterbury artists and for the legacy of Grace Butler to contribute to advancing the visual arts in New Zealand for generations to come."
  • Requests for submissions from artists for the Award are now requested, www.gracebutleraward.org.nz  closing 15 December 2017 with the inaugural recipient announced in February 2018.

For further information and details please contact: 
Dr. Warren Feeney


PH: 022 176 9272

[1]  Artist Olivia Spencer Bower.  See: Julie King, 'Butleer, Grace Ellen,' first published in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, vol 4, 1998.  Te Ara - the encyclopedia of New Zealand://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/4b54/butler-grace-ellen (accessed 5 October 2017)



New Exhibition Opportunity      Artists of Canterbury Exhibition

Members of Arts Canterbury are invited to submit expressions of interest for a Morant Foundation sponsored exhibition to be held 12 – 25th  February 2018.  info@keithmorant.com

Keith Morant, through the Morant Foundation, is very generously sponsoring this exhibition. The exhibition will be called Artists of Canterbury.  

Exhibition – Information for Members

The exhibition will be selected by Keith and it is exclusively for members of Arts Canterbury and will be held at the Punanawa Gallery, The Arts Centre, Christchurch from 12th to the 25th February 2018. 

Keith's Guidelines for selection

The focus for this exhibition provides opportunity for emerging artists to exhibit their work and for high quality exhibits to receive substantial recognition.

He encourages a wide range of art genre to be submitted

Artists are invited to submit a small sample of their work at a selection day to be held in early January 2018 (at a time and venue yet to be decided). 

He expects there will be around 12 artists' work selected. There will be a catalogue prepared for the exhibition and there are a number of awards to be made.  A formal opening will be held on Tuesday 13th February.  There will be a 20% commission from sales. 

If this exhibition is successful it is likely the event will be repeated.

Keith will talk more about the exhibition at our AGM on the 23rd November, 2017. 

This is a wonderful opportunity for our members.


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