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Calling all would-be artists

Winner of the 2020 Weekend Sun Emerging Artist Award Vicki Fraser being guided by experienced artist Rob McGregor. Photo: Daniel Hines.

Highly anticipated as part of this year’s Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival is the return of The Weekend Sun Emerging Artist Award.

Bringing developing artists into the light so they can further their art career was an exciting addition to the previous festival, and the opportunity is open again this year to those who want to hone their artistic skills.

The Weekend Sun Emerging Artist Award was created to encourage would-be artists to develop their expertise, or to prompt existing artists to take their work to the next level.

“With an incredible range of talented artists and stunning gardens to see across the region it’s an exciting event to look forward to,” says festival director Marc Anderson.

“Many of our artists have fine-tuned their creativity for more than 30 years and have been fortunate to work on their passion full-time. We wanted to create the emerging artist award for those artists who haven’t yet reached this goal but have the talent to do so.

“We understand that it can be difficult for artists to establish themselves so we wanted to create an opportunity to encourage artists to develop their skills, or to prompt existing artists to take their work to the next level,” says Marc.

The Weekend Sun Emerging Artist Awards’ finalists will team up with a mentoring artist and attend two full-day workshops leading up to the festival.

The emerging artist winner will receive a prize and entry as a trail artist into the 2024 festival. Runners-up will also be considered as trail artists for 2024. Artists can submit entries at: www.gardenandartfestival.co.nz

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