Chartwell Trust Art Writing Prize

The Chartwell Trust Student Art Writing Prize gives students the opportunity to engage with an exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery (past or present) or a work from the Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection. Entry must take the form of a review or an essay, of no more than 1500 words.

Carrying a value of $500, the Student Art Writing Prize is sponsored by The Chartwell Trust, a collection of contemporary art from New Zealand and Australia that has been held on long term loan at the Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand, since 1997.

Entries for The Chartwell Trust Student Art Writing Prize 2015 are now being accepted. For details, please read the Call For Entries.

The Adam Art Gallery is delighted to announce Simon Gennard as the winner of the Chartwell Trust Student Art Writing Prize 2014. Simon is an undergraduate student in English Literature and Art History at Victoria University of Wellington, and a volunteer at the Adam Art Gallery.

The judges, Courtney Johnston, Director of The Dowse Art Museum and Roger Blackley, Associate Professor of Art History at Victoria University of Wellington were impressed by the high calibre of this year’s submissions, all of which revealed intensive interaction with the exhibitions and programmes of the Adam Art Gallery. Awarding the prize to Simon Gennard, the judges offer the following commendation:

Simon Gennard’s engaging essay responds to Hito Steyerl’s video documentary Is the Museum a Battlefield?, which links a bullet found on a Turkish battlefield with a wider world of museums and corporate sponsorship. Simon’s spare language beautifully evokes the nature of Steyerl’s polemical film, placing it within a wider context of museological imperialism and public protest. This is art writing at its best! 

Read Simon Gennard’s winning essay This is a Document of War here.



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Katherine Emma Ng winner 2012 [PDF]

Sharon Taylor-Offord winner 2011 [PDF]

Kath Foster winner 2010 [PDF]

Abby Wendy winner 2009 [PDF]

Jamie Morris joint winner 2008 [pdf]

Meredith Parkin joint winner 2008 [PDF]

Stella Ramage winner 2007 [PDF]