Artist Virginia King’s ‘Phantom Fleet’ has won the Fullers People’s Choice Award for headland Sculpture on the Gulf 2017.
This fleet of beautifully intricate filigreed vessels was a favourite for visitors to this year’s event, making this the fourth time Virginia King has claimed the People’s Choice Award.
However, “this was the closest People’s Choice Award ever” according to hSOTG chair, Margaret Malaghan, with fellow artists Michel Tuffery (Trailing Tangaroa); Phil Price (Forbidden Tree); and Tiffany Singh (The Journey of a Million Miles Begins with One Step), all finishing close to the top.
“It’s been a real privilege to exhibit beside high profile artists like Chris Booth, Brett Graham, Phil Price and Maureen Lander. Several artists in this year’s hSOTG exhibition have also embraced themes about the environment and concerns about migration and survival and this was evident in the Artworks of Tiffany Singh, Michel Tuffery and Ioane Ioane.
Perhaps, since there was no major prize this year and without any sense of competition, friendships have developed between artists and it’s been good to share concepts and ideas. Highlights for me have included meeting some of the younger artists like Veronica Herber, Natalie Guy and Jae Kang, and seeing the strength of their Artworks.
The involvement of my team has been brilliant … (and) I am hugely grateful to all the visitors who voted for Phantom Fleet and am honoured to receive the Fullers People’s Choice Award” – Virginia King
Anyone who voted for their favourite sculpture for this year’s People Choice Award were automatically entered into a draw to win an amazing luxury Waiheke weekend package from our 2017 Prize Partner, The Boatshed, valued at over $2000!
The winner of the prize draw will be announced on the hSOTG Facebook page.