Sue Elliott Announced as Judge for Prestigious Sculpture Awards

We are delighted to announce Sue Elliott, Chair of the Wellington Sculpture Trust, and a luminary in the the field of strategic communications, as the judge for the 2024 RT Nelson Awards for Sculpture, which will be held at this year’s NZ Art Show.

Sue has been the chair of the Wellington Sculpture Trust for the past 11 years and her extensive experience in the arts underscores the significance of these awards in nurturing and showcasing both established and emerging artists and their work. 

Now in their fourth year, these awards, sponsored by arts philanthropist Richard T Nelson, celebrates exceptional achievements in small-scale sculpture. With a total prize pool of $25,000, including a $15,000 premier award, this category showcases the best of New Zealand’s sculptural talent.

The awards will feature artworks by 30 finalists exhibited within the 2024 NZ Art Show, at the TSB Arena, Wellington May 31 – June 2. Amongst the finalists are renowned artists Lissy and Rudi Robinson-Cole, Kereama Taepa, Zena Elliott, and Mel Ford.

Sue has a background in various arts-related ventures, including involvement in Wellington Museums Trust, the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, Public Art Heritage Aotearoa New Zealand, and College of Creative Arts, Massey University. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the judging process and her contributions to initiatives such as Changing Spaces, a sculpture walk during the 2000 International Festival of the Arts, highlight her commitment to promoting sculpture in New Zealand.

As well as judging the sculpture awards, Sue will also adjudicate the inaugural Hyundai Emerging Artist Awards, aimed at recognizing young talent studying art at NCEA Level 3 or equivalent. With a focus on nurturing creativity and potential, these awards reflect Sue’s dedication to supporting emerging artists.

 “I’m delighted to be judging these awards. Sculpture holds a special significance in New Zealand as an expression of our creative, cultural and social identity, and I am a huge believer in enabling and encouraging emerging artists to thrive.”

Sue Elliott

The finalists will be exhibited within the 2024 NZ Art Show, May 31 to June 2, at the TSB Arena on Wellington’s waterfront. The award winners will be announced at the show’s VIP Preview on Thursday May 30th.
All sculptures will be for sale.
Images above: Sculptures by Sam Duckor-Jones and Kereama Taepa

Since its inception in 2004, the NZ Art Show has been committed to promoting and celebrating New Zealand’s vibrant arts scene. With the continued support of sponsors, the show has awarded over $200,000 to talented artists, fostering creativity and innovation across the nation, and making the NZ Art Show one of the most significant contributors to New Zealand’s arts community.

Friends of the NZ Art Show are a vital component of the show’s success, and Friends receive VIP treatment, including invitation to the VIP Preview and Gala Evening.

Images above: Sculptures by Sue Hawker and Sam Kelly

Images below by three of the exceptional finalists in the RT Nelson Awards for Sculpture: Ramon Robertson, Zena Elliott and Lissy and Rudi Robinson-Cole.

The NZ Art Show wishes to thank the following for their support: