A Contemporary Art Award established in memory of Grace Butler, 'one of the first women [artists] who bothered about New Zealand scenery.’ The Grace Butler Memorial Foundation announces the establishment of a new contemporary art award in memory of “plein – air” painter Grace Butler (1886 – 1962). Keep Reading
The Grace Butler Memorial Foundation Award at Ara
An artist-in-residence award for an artist who is Canterbury-based or has an association with the region. Inclusive of a three-month grant, studio facilities and access to related resources at the Ara School of Art and Design.
The recipient of the inaugural Grace Butler Memorial Foundation Award at Ara was announced 18th February 2018. Zina Swanson, a graduate from the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in 2004 was confirmed as the recipient, her submission commented on by the selection panel: "Zina’s work stood out for her thoughtful engagement with environmental issues and her questioning and cross-examination of our relationship to the natural world."
For more details and the selection panel's comments, please see our news page.
Grace Butler Award
Two of Grace Butler’s early impressionist paintings of the suburbs of New Brighton and Onehunga, Auckland are featured in Endless Light, a survey of primarily historical late 19th and early 20th century paintings by European, Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand artists. Nathan Pohio Kaitiaki toi curator at the public gallery brin... Keep Reading