Nancy Caiger, Chair of the panel of Judges for the Exhibition, The Artful Four: 40 shots, addresses the event

Shaheer Shabbir for Santan Dave

1st Prize

Presentation of the $500 prize money to the best overall School, Hamilton Girls High

In the gallery on exhibition night;  Sandra Barlow, Trust Board Member and Nancy Caiger.

Children are our inspiration

The primary purpose of our Trust is to raise funds and donate them to children in the Waikato who lead incredibly tough lives. Despite the pandemic that has interrupted our world, we have been able to continue selling great art and gifts.

Accordingly, at the beginning of this year we have donated funds to three organizations

  • Kiwican
  • Tokoroa Women’s Refuge
  • Pillars

A Schools’ Art Competition: The Artful Four: 40 shots

Exhibition Opening Night

Monday 12th April saw the Welcome Swallow Gallery launching a special arts competition that featured four local schools. It was a ticket only affair with 150 young artists, teachers and parents celebrating a fantastic night of innovative, insightful and moreover, inspiration art. 

Hamilton Boys High, Hamilton Girls High, Rototuna High and Sacred Heart College each submitted their best 10 compositions that were reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of local impresario, Nancy Caiger, Andrew Unternahrer, dealer principal at Ebbett Audi and Sandra Barlow, a gallery artist and gallery Trust Board member. The event was sponsored by Ebbett Audi and Hamilton Pack & Send.   Nancy Caiger waxed eloquently on the quality of the art work presented. The prizes rewarded were:

  - Best overall school, $500 > Hamilton Girls High

 - 1st prize for best individual composition, $350 >   Shaheer Shabbir for Santan Dave

-  2nd prize individual composition, $250 > Sara Arain for She's Looking

-  3rd prize individual composition, $150 > Emma James for Fracture

- The Volunteers' Choice Award was also taken out by Emma James's composition, Fracture

For full exhibition Catalogue and pictures of the evening, see below.

N.B. 14 compositions were sold the first night with 25 sold by 1st May

Principal Marie Gordon

The Principal of the winning School, Hamilton Girls High drops into the Gallery to survey the compositions from exhibition, The Artful Four: 40 shots

A Winning Wall


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