‘Wing and Wave’ wins Vessel & Sculpture Awards
Wellington artist Johnny Turner took home the top prize of $2500 in the 9th Manukau Vessel and Sculpture Awards
announced last Friday night.
His beautiful stone work, ‘The Wing and Wave’ (carried us here), impressed exhibition selector and judge Filipe Tohi
with its strong, powerful outlines and form, with clear references to a bird in flight and flowing water. The underside
of the sculpture resembles the body of a waka or canoe with reference to movement and journeys.
A master sculptor, Johnny decided to enter the awards at the very last minute, making the journey to Auckland with his
entry precariously stowed in the back of his ute.
Second prize of $1000 went to Howick sculptor Tanya Blong for her whimsical work ‘My boat is leaving today’, with the
$750 third prize going to Sofia Athineou from Henderson. Her brightly-hued green cast glass work ‘Lahani’ impressed the
judge who commented: “It has a perfect finish, texture and luminous quality that tingles with life and gives it a sense
So high was the standard of entries this year that three merit awards of $750 were awarded to artists Mia Straka,
Margaret Bell and Katherine Batchelor.
Manukau’s Vessel and Sculpture Awards continue to grow in status with more than 90 entries received this year from
throughout New Zealand. Guest selector and judge renowned Tongan artist Filipe Tohi, had a tough job selecting the 47
entries for exhibition.
The exhibition runs until November 28 at the historic Nathan Homestead in Manurewa.
What: 9th Manukau Vessel & Sculpture Exhibition
When: 3 – 28 November
Where: Nathan Homestead, 70 Hill Road, Manurewa
For further information, photographs of the winning artworks and artists, or to interview the winners, please contact
Naomi Singer, Arts Marketing Coordinator, Manukau Arts. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 027-272-8445.
The list of other category winners is below.
List of Winners
9th Manukau Vessel & Sculpture Awards
Guest selector & judge: Filipe Tohi
Exhibition Opening and Awards Night: Friday 3 November
Exhibition runs utnil 28 November, 2006
Venue: Nathan Homestead, 70 Hill Road, Manurewa
Johnny Turner, Wellington
Title of work: 'The Wing and Wave' (carried us here)
Tanya Blong, Howick (originally from Taranaki)
Title of work: My boat is leaving today
Sofia Athineou, Henderson Valley
Title of work: Lahani
Mia Straka, Mt Albert (but originally from Puhoi)
Title of work: Full of my self necklace
Margaret Bell, Wattle Downs, Manukau
Title of work: Manukau Fossils
Katherine Batchelor, Kaiwaka
Title of work: Mend