Governor’s Bay photographer Louise McHaffie took out the supreme award at the 2017

Darfield Artweek entries closing

by Kent Caddick

Artists have until this Friday to get their entries in for this year’s Darfield Artweek competition and exhibition.

Darfield Artweek is put on every year by the Malvern Community Arts Council (MCAC), which this year is celebrating its 40th birthday.

This year artweek will run from October 5 to 14, with the main competition exhibition being held in the Darfield Recreation Centre, while MCAC’s Selwyn Gallery and the Selwyn Library in Darfield will also hold exhibitions to coincide with the week-long event.

Chair of MCAC’s artweek committee, Lorraine Natusch, said it had been a special year for the council with it marking its 40th year and celebrating 20 years of operating the Selwyn Gallery in Darfield.

“We have had some very interesting new artists put forward their work for this year’s exhibition — which I am really excited about. With last year’s supreme award going to a photographer that seems to have encouraged other photographers to enter this year.”

The winner of the supreme award will receive a prize of $2,000, while there are category prizes and merit awards.

This year’s artweek judge is Terri Elder, who is the curator of the James Logie Memorial Collection at the University of Canterbury.