L to R Bianca Rocca, Christopher Young, Yann-Ru Yang, Anthony Mauinatu, Esther Ige



    In a collaborative venture with the four major Central Auckland art institutions, Eden Arts presents the very best student works from Elam, Unitec, AUT and Whitecliffe in a single exhibition, awarding a cash prize to the overall winner.

    In February 2011, an Agreement was signed between the Eden Arts Trust and the four participating art schools, marking the official launch of the event. For Eden Arts, the new award seeks to complement our longstanding annual Young Artists Awards while extending the geographical area in which we can help to promote and support young artists.


    The Eden Arts Trust is delighted to congratulate the winners of the sixth annual Eden Arts Art Schools Award announced on Thursday 28 July 2016.

    Overall Winner                         Yann-Ru Yang (Whitecliffe)

    Highly Commended                Christopher Young (Unitec)

    Highly Commended                Anthony Mauinatu (Whitecliffe)

    Highly Commended                Esther Ige (AUT)

    Board’s Choice                          Bianca Rocca (Elam)



    The Overall Winner receives $5,000 in prize money and the three Highly Commended students each receive $1,000. The Board’s Choice is a $500 award.

    The judges were artists Denys Watkins and Peata Larkin, and Artspace director Misal Adnan Yildiz.

    The Eden Arts Art Schools Award brings together Central Auckland’s four major art institutions: Unitec, Whitecliffe, AUT and Elam. Six undergraduate students were selected from each school. Congratulations to all the finalists on being selected by your school.

    The award exhibition, hosted this year by Unitec Creative Industries, is open for public viewing at the Snowhite Gallery and other gallery spaces in Unitec’s Building One, Gate 1 Carrington Rd, Mt Albert. Exhibition dates are Friday 29 July to Friday 12 August 10am to 3pm daily.

    The Eden Arts Community Arts Trust was formed 29 years ago for the purpose of promoting the arts in the greater Mt Eden area. Eden Arts’ flagship event is the annual Artists in Eden Day in March. Proceeds fund an annual calendar of events including prize money for the long-established Young Artists Awards every September, which is open to 16-25 year olds either living or studying in the Trust’s designated Mt Eden area.


    For more information:

    Cathy Manning, Eden Arts Board or

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