Cast glass highly commended at NZ Sculpture Awards - 7th Jun 2022

Sculptural Glass Artist Di Tocker has received one of five highly commended awards on offer at the 2022 RT Nelson Awards for Sculpture with $1000 prize money. Judge Lynne Sandri decidied to give the highly commended award to Di for both her selected artworks Submerge - Ice Melt and Submerge - Purple Fall, as she did for the winning two artworks from Lissy and Rudi Robinson Cole.  

88 artworks were selected as finalists from 66 artists in all sculpture mediums.

Congratulations to Auckland artists Lissy and Rudi Robinson-Cole for winning the $15,000 Premier award with their pieces Harikoa – Aroā Nukunuku and Paki – He Taonga Tuku Iho, made from hand carved wood embellished with crocheted NZ neon wool.

‘Lissy and Rudi are clever, bold, and colourful collaborators combining two traditional practices of carving and crochet into contemporary sculpture,’ says Sandri. ‘Even the range of neon colours are theirs and each colour represents a kaitiaki of their arts practice. Their works are beacons of joy and I believe will help share and connect our culture with everyone (in homes-whare and meeting houses – whare hui). These works are traffic stoppers and I can’t stop thinking about how uplifting they are. Definitely joy spreaders and I can’t think of anything more important that we all need right now.’

View the award winners and finalists here.


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