Small Sculpture Prize 2021

2 April - 9 May 2021

New Plymouth artist wins New Zealand’s only small sculpture prize

New Plymouth artist Volker Hawighorst is the winner of the 2021 Small Sculpture Prize, for his work Dimly #7, a sculpture created entirely from plastic bread tags.  In talking about the work selector Hamish Coney mentioned the subtle colour shifts that pull the viewer back again and again, revealing connections to tukutuku and links to the works of Roasalie Gascoigne and English painter Bridget Riley.   It successfully makes the jump from found materials to modern day sculpture.

 The $3,000 prize is the only award for small sculpture in New Zealand, and the exhibition is proudly sponsored by Perpetual Guardian, in association with Te Motu Vineyard. The award was announced at the Waiheke Community Art Gallery on 2nd April by Jennifer Tweed of Perpetual Guardian.

 A total of 30 finalists were selected for the exhibition from an initial 80 In commenting about the exhibition, Hamish Coney, quoted the Whakatoki, Ahakoa, he iti he pounamu, despite being small you are of great value.  He highlighted several works, one that although small was hefty in weight and scale, while another was small and perfectly formed, of honest materials that poetically echoed the West Coast of Auckland.

 Two Merit Awards, supported by gallery benefactors were also announced and these went to Auckland artists  Julie Moselen for her work Continuum I, and Chantel Matthews for “In pursuit of greatness without a Map” 

 The Small Sculpture Prize was initiated by the Waiheke Community Art Gallery fourteen years ago. It continues to draw entries from all parts of New Zealand and has become the benchmark for small sculptural exploration often offering artists the opportunity for critical review,” said Linda Chalmers, Gallery Director.

Jennifer Tweed from Perpetual Guardian and Hamish Coney Selector with Volker Hawighorsts Prize Winning work

Jennifer Tweed from Perpetual Guardian and Hamish Coney with Volker Hawighorst's winning work 'Dimly #7".



The Small Sculpture Prize is a National Award for an original free-standing or wall sculpture up to 800mm in any direction and has a Premier prize of $3000 and a Merit Award of $1000.

Proudly sponsored by Perpetual Guardian and in association with Te Motu, the Small Sculpture Prize is presented by the Waiheke Community Art Gallery. The Selector and Judge this year is Hamish Coney, arts advisor and writer.

The Finalists this year are: 

Brendan Adams, Sofia Athineou, Lisa Bate, Kay Bazzard, Jane Bowman, Diane Brand, Luke Calder, Beatrice Carlson, Vicki Charles, Cornelia Craig-Koning, Olivier Duhamel (Waiheke), Bev Goodwin, Ashley Grant, Natalie Guy, Volker Hawighorst, Hank Lloyd (Waiheke), Doug Marsden, Jenny Mason (Waiheke), Chantel Matthews, David McGill, Nicola Mclaren, Birgit Moffatt, Julie Moselen, Kiya Nancarrow (Waiheke), Hana Pera Aoake, Emma Rochester (Waiheke), Liz Sharek, Sylvia Sinel, Frances Studd, Greg Tuthill.




1 December 2020 : Online Entries Open

Monday 11 January 2021: Closing date for submissions. -  EXTENDED UNTIL 18 JANUARY

Monday 8 February 2021: Artists advised of selection

Monday 8 March 2021: Two Print quality images to be delivered to the gallery for publicity purposes.

Friday 26 March 2021: work to have arrived at the gallery. (Note: Courier or deliver to the Gallery, Fullers does not provide a transport service anymore) 

Friday 2 April - Sunday 9 May 2021: Exhibition dates.

Friday 2 April 2021: Gala Exhibition Award Announcement.

Wednesday 13 May 2021: Unsold works available for collection.

How to enter: Entries open 01 December 2020. See below the link to the submission page. To complete an entry you need to follow the sequence. We recommend you prepare your Artist's Statement, CV and all imagery to the required file format and size before completing the entry form. Follow the process through by clicking the 'continue' button at the bottom of each page as this will progress through to payment and entry completion. 

Jpeg file images no larger than 2 MB, artist Statement, CV, (in Word or PDF) can include special requirements for display ie: power. Concluding with the entry fee of $45 (non-refundable) paid on-line.  You can submit up to two images of each work (jpegs not larger than 2MB) and a current CV. If this is your first time visiting our website you will need to 'create an account'. You will also be able to pay the entry fee online.Your images go into an image gallery which is accessed by the selector. If you do not have access to a computer please contact us to submit.

Entry Criteria: The exhibition is open to any New Zealand resident upon payment of the entry fee (non-refundable) $45. Up to two works can be submitted and a maximum of two images of each work must accompany the submission. Work must not have been exhibited previously. Work must be for sale and no larger than 800mm in height or length. WCAG reserves the right to decline or accept a submission. Appropriate packaging, insurance, freighting and postal costs to the gallery and return are the artists responsibility. The Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. WCAG reserves the right to reproduce exhibited images for publicity purposes.

Presentation of Work: If your work is selected it will need to arrive at the gallery no later than Friday 26 March 2021. Please attach to the work: The name and address of the artist, the retail price of the work (including GST) the title, size and medium. Work must be adequately packaged for return of work with pre-paid courier tickets or similar arrangements. (Note: Fastways does not collect from the island and Fullers does not provide a transport service anymore)

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