Local artist Joe Kemp was awarded the gallery prize of $500 from More FM for his work Maumahara.
“I made three different types of masks and they were nice but I’d never laid metal into my pieces before. So I placed these cogs into it to symbolise the mind as mechanical cog. I stepped out a little bit of my normal way of making and thought, let’s take on this challenge, let’s see if anyone else appreciates what I’ve done. So to win the People’s Choice award is primo. I love it!” said Kemp.
And for the second time, after winning the award in 2015, Rotorua artist Jacob Chrisohoou’s has taken out the Rotorua Museum
Art Awards More FM People’s Choice Award for Facebook votes with his artwork titled Dead Poets Society.
Image: Jacob Chrisohoou’s Dead Poets Society
“I felt very grateful and honoured to have been chosen for the people's choice award. It's very humbling to see my work hung beside some of the region’s best. I encourage all artist's to give it go. It's such great platform for growth as an artist. Definitely looking forward to the next one” said Chrisohoou.
Rotorua Museum Lead Exhibition Curator, Ane Tonga, was pleased with
the high number of people who voted for their favourite artworks.
“It’s great that we are able to team up with MORE FM again to provide the people’s choice award. Art can be subjective so this award is very special as it gives the public the ability to choose the work that they think is the best” says Tonga.
The decision to run this year’s Art Awards was made earlier this year even though the damaged Rotorua Museum remains closed.
Rotorua Museum Operations Manager Cat Jehly said it was important to continue engaging with the community and fostering artistic talent in the Bay of Plenty.
“The Art Awards and exhibitions, the finalists and Salon des Refusés, have been a great opportunity to showcase the region’s incredible artistic talent and allow artists to profile their work” says Jehly. All works are on Rotorua Museum’s Facebook Page
Work by local Rotorua artists can be viewed and purchased at galleries and gift shops
within Rotorua's boutique shopping district in the inner city. Joe Kemp has his own gallery, Te Haa
, at Lake Rotoma.