Chartwell Trust Student Art Writing Prize


The Chartwell Trust Student Art Writing Prize is an annual award that asks students of Victoria University of Wellington to write a review or essay about an exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery or a work from the Victoria University of Wellington Art Collection.

The prize is generously sponsored by The Chartwell Trust which provides support and patronage to a number of selected art projects, galleries and artists, with the central aim of providing opportunities for the encouragement of understanding about art both within the public art sector and the wider community.



Announcement of the 2016 Chartwell Trust Student Art Writing Prize Winners

The judges of this year’s prize were Wellington-based writer Tim Corballis and Adam Art Gallery Curator Stephen Cleland. The judges were impressed by the strength of two entries and therefore decided this year’s prize would be shared by both Evangeline Riddiford Graham and Cindy Jemmett. Congratulations Evangeline and Cindy!

The judges notes:

Evangeline Riddiford Graham wrote about the Adam’s exhibition Inhabiting Space. Evangeline’s essay dealt sensitively with the fact that her own show was included in the exhibition. It was remarkable for its energetic writing, which situated her as a questioning subject within the exhibition space itself. She made the wonderfully bold claim that Inhabiting Space, a show that juxtaposed conceptual and video works, in fact centred on textual practices.

We chose Cindy Jemmett’s entry partly for the strength and consistency of the writing itself, but also for the sheer breadth of different perspectives it offered. Cindy’s piece asked us to look again at Jaqueline Fahey’s 1974 The birthday party, on display in the Cotton building. Cindy’s approach was personal, situating Fahey’s painting within her own world, but it also reached back to the social context of the work, its feminist politics and the artist’s own writings. It included questions of medium and figuration, and ended with a speculative and hopeful question about the wider importance of painting.


Read the winning essays here:

An essay on the role of language in the exhibition Inhabiting Space by Evangeline Riddiford Graham

Ways of looking; ways of seeing by Cindy Jemmett



Kari Schmidt winner 2015

Simon Gennard winner 2014

Nalin Samountry winner 2013

Hadleigh Tiddy’s winner 2013

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]