Emerging Artist Award 2018

In celebration of our 10th Anniversary, The Upstairs Gallery in Titirangi, Auckland has chosen a theme we’re incredibly passionate about. Your art will engage our local community in support of mental health, with messaging that counters misunderstandings, fear and prejudice.

We believe that art is a tool for empathy

That it can help people understand mental illness in a way that is enlightening and therapeutic.

A recent study proves this to be true. It found that publicly displayed art is an effective way of increasing empathy and understanding towards mental illness. A work of art can evoke powerful emotions. The colour palate, the textures and the subject matter can all cause an immediate emotional response.

This intense trigger of emotion is why we have chosen empathy as the theme of this year’s exhibition.

Let your creativity run wild by submitting a work of art that cultivates empathy, helps people become more aware of their own emotions, and more receptive to the emotions of others.

Are you an emerging Auckland artist who uses your creativity to showcase empathy and understanding?

Then the 10th EAA Exhibition is the perfect place to showcase your work.

Entries are now open to emerging Auckland artists across all media types.

The work of 10 deserving finalists will be exhibited in The Upstairs Gallery, and 3 will be awarded with prizes worth over $5000.

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Under Southern Skies - Graham Young and introducing Justin Venes

After the success of Graham Young's book Lazy Days the gallery is delighted to showcase new works for a second consecutive book. Quintessentially kiwi, delight in Graham's photorealistic images of old sheds, caravans and beach scenes. New works on display.

Justin Venes is a UK artist who has painted 'as a hobby' using his art as a healing tool for his own mental illness. Strikingly realistic portraits from photographer Steve McCurry as well as a hauntingly beautiful image of a young Maori woman, painted especially for our exhibition. Justin manages to capture the models soul on canvas.

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Writing an Artist's Bio

There is no right or wrong way to write your bio - it is after all your biography. There is however a traditional way to write an artist's biography that some seasoned galleries and art connoisseurs would expect to see. If writing it in a more informal way to let your personality shine through feels like a better way for you, then that could be more appropriate though. First figure out who it is that will be reading it and what you think they might want to read - then answer a few of these questions.

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