Whanganui artists planning to submit work for the 2019 Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Arts Review will now have a bigger incentive.

Support from new sponsor pattillo means an increased Open Award prize purse and a new initiative for artists called the "pattillo project".

The Wellington consultancy business is sponsoring a new chapter in the life of the Whanganui Arts Review, which is the longest-running arts event of its kind in New Zealand.

The Arts Review has been giving exposure and increased profile to Whanganui artists for 30 years.


Pattillo director Anne Pattillo says the decision to sponsor the Arts Review for the next five years will enable the Sarjeant to offer a much-enhanced version of the event from 2019 onwards.

"For the first time, the winner of the major Arts Review prize, the Open Award, will not only receive the cash prize of $5000 (previously $2000) but also the opportunity to be the first recipient of the pattillo project - a solo artist showcase exhibition at the Sarjeant the following year."

The 2019 Open Award winner will also receive mentoring and support from the Sarjeant's
curatorial team to help them develop their pattillo project exhibition to take place in 2020.

"Pattillo is interested in both new and emerging artists, furthering the careers of more
established artists, as well as mid-career and senior artists," the business says.

The company has a long-standing relationship with the Sarjeant Gallery, having contributed to the Sarjeant Gallery redevelopment project which starts next year.

The $34.9 million project will involve the restoration, development and earthquake strengthening of the original Sarjeant Gallery at Pukenamu Queen's Park.

"We support the Sarjeant because we see arts and creative endeavours as crucial skills and capabilities for the future," patillo says.

"We like that the Sarjeant is an iconic art gallery in New Zealand, and we love the fact it is located in one of New Zealand's smaller towns and communities."


Sarjeant Gallery director Greg Anderson says the contribution from pattillo is a real boost to the Arts Review and the gallery is looking forward to a successful partnership.

"As 2019 is the Sarjeant Gallery's centenary year it is a wonderful moment to increase the
value and the vision of the Whanganui Art Review with pattillo and launch what we feel will be a very exciting new initiative for artists - the pattillo project."

Dalgleish Architects will also sponsor a new, second Excellence Award worth $1000 in 2019.

As in previous years, submitted works will be reviewed by a selection panel comprised of a Sarjeant Gallery curator, a locally-based art expert and an out of town gallery professional.

An external judge (to be announced) will choose the exhibition works to receive the Open
Award and the pattillo project, the Excellence Awards, and the Youth and Merit Awards.

The Whanganui Arts Review is open to any artist living or working in the Whanganui Ruapehu, Rangitikei and South Taranaki regions.

Artworks in any medium must be original have been created during the previous twelve months.

The 2019 Whanganui Arts Review awards will coincide with the Artists Open Studios weekends in March.