Highly respected artists have been confirmed as judges for this year’s Arts Gold Awards.

The awards, established by the Central Otago District Arts Trust in 2011, will this year feature renowned New Zealand contemporary artist Dick Frizzell and celebrated director of the Eastern Southland Gallery Jim Geddes.

Central Otago District Arts Trust co-ordinator Rebekah de Jong was among those who were pleased to announce the judging panel earlier this week.

“Both judges of this year’s awards are recognised for their significant contribution to the arts in New Zealand and will provide an insightful and balanced input into the selection of the finalists.”

The awards, which are hosted every second year, attract entries from around New Zealand and Central Otago.

“The Art Gold Awards attract a high calibre of entries from artists throughout New Zealand. In addition, by offering the Central Otago Artist Award, we encourage local submissions and provide further recognition for artists in the Central Otago/Central Lakes areas.”

This year’s event is being driven by representatives from Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, Central Otago District Arts Trust and the Central Otago Art Society.

Alexandra District Museum Incorporated (ADMI) board secretary Nola Hambleton said those behind the project were pleased to have the event back on the arts calendar.

“[The ADMI] believe that this is an exhibition worthy of the quality of art in our community and beyond [as] Central Otago artists get to exhibit their work alongside other New Zealand artists.”

Central Stories museum and research co-ordinator Rachel Taylor encourages people to consider submitting.

“We want to see a diversity of approaches and mediums; and encourage people who may not feel that their work fits the usual contemporary art collections.”

Entries into the awards close on August 1.

The awards ceremony will take place on September 27.

An exhibition of finalists’ works will be showcased at Central Stories from September 28 to November 8.Buy Kicksjordan Release Dates