excellence in art 2018

Paterson Burn Optometrists is pleased to announce the Excellence in Art Competition for 2018 theme is "The Art of Deception - Do My Eyes Deceive Me". Entry was open to year 12 and 13 art students from across the Waikato, Coromandel and Auckland where they are competing for the three main prizes:

First prize: $1000 ($500 to student and $500 to school)

Second prize: $600 ($300 to student and $300 to school)

Third prize: $400 ($200 to student and $200 to school)

Plus 10 commendation prizes, 'People's Choice' and this year, a new award 'Best Use of Colour' donated by Framing House.

You can purchase your own piece of local student artwork through the online auction from Thursday 12th April. Funds raised from the online auction will be split between the student artists, and 20% of sales will be donated to local organisation, Diabetes Waikato. in 2017, $493 was raised from the art competition and donated to Diabetes Waikato, which are used towards their projects to assist children and adults living with Diabetes.




Vote for your favourite art through our Facebook page - - and help decide which artist will win the People's Choice Award! Voting closes 5pm Tuesday, 1st of May 2018.


ARTWORK ON DISPLAY from 28 March 2018

Artwork is now on display at Creative Waikato until the 3rd of May. 



Our judges for the 2018 Excellence in Art Competition have local and international art exposure and are advocates for growing kiwi talent in the local arts.

Craig McClure

Craig McClure is a Scottish born, Hamilton-based artist and versatile creative, best known for his character infused, comic-like paintings that are influenced by science fiction, technology and overheard conversations.

In recent years, Craig’s creative practice has merged into multiple roles – as arts advocate at Creative Waikato, a curator and an artist. His recent projects include the Boon Hamilton Street Art Festival, Human Era at Zeus gallery and multiple group shows between Hamilton, Tauranga and Auckland.



Jennie De Groot

Jennie De Groot is a tutor at the Waikato Society of Arts and maintains a studio in Ngahinapouri. She is a contemporary landscape painter who creates images of unfamiliar places that feel familiar. Her landscapes describe emotional climates and are not about any geographical co- ordinates.





Carole Shepheard

Dr Carole Shepheard is a former professor of Fine Arts at The University of Auckland. Carole has exhibited both nationally and internationally with work displayed at the Auckland Art Gallery, Waikato Museum and Te Papa, Wellington.

Carole was previously announced as a Commonwealth International Woman of the Year in 1991 for her services to art as well as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2002 and gained her Doctorate of Fine Arts in 2004. 




PAST Winners

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