Art award – congratulations Emma Fitts

Congratulations to SoFA lecturer in Sculpture Emma Fitts whose work, Unknown Cloak, has won the premier award at the recent Zonta Ashburton Female Art Awards, presented by the Ashburton Art Gallery and Zonta Club of Ashburton.

This award highlights the work of female visual artists in Canterbury, and acknowledges excellence in emerging and mid-career female artists.

Johanna Zellmer, who presented the premier award on behalf of the judges, said “We all had felt its ability to push and pull the viewer into different directions, sitting in a space between the intimate, domestic and the wider colonial experience located within the Pacific. It is also performing different aspects when being seen from a distance versus being up close with it; it holds its space in both encounters. As a panel we agreed that the chosen artist’s engagement with architecture, biographies and alternative histories in a broader social context contributed to our desire to see a larger group of works driven by these ideas as a solo show.”    

Winners with the panel of judges for Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award 2018. From left to right Johanna Zellmer, Emma Mealings, Emma Fitts, Felicity Milburn and Cara Fitzgerald.