Student artists recognised

Lance Zuniga received the People’s Choice Prize at Howick Youth Council’s East Auckland Visual Art Showcase for his magnificent painting called ‘The truth is not in the words, it’s in my eyes’.

Eleven local students were among the awards recipients in the The Pat Hanly Creativity Awards hosted by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

A total of 67 Year 13 art students from 35 secondary schools throughout the Auckland region were recognised.

Established in 2002, the awards recognise secondary school students who display high levels of creativity in the visual arts.

“The focus of The Pat Hanly Creativity Awards is to acknowledge the constantly developing nature of what it is to be a young artist and creative in the 21st century,” says Auckland Art Gallery director Kirsten Lacy.

“The awards offer a way to create a valuable sense of achievement and recognition and open up the possibility of making connections with peers and with this gallery. They also acknowledge the essential role of schools, art teachers and parents in supporting the creative arts.”

The awards, supported by AUT, acknowledge the late artist Pat Hanly’s contribution to New Zealand contemporary art and his passion for art education and supporting young artists.
Recipients of the Pat Hanly Creativity Awards, along with their whānau and teachers, were honoured at a gala event at gallery.

Meanwhile, Sancta Maria College’s Lance Zuniga, who was a Pat Hanly Creativity Awards recipient, was also recently named winner of the People’s Choice Award for 2021 at Howick Youth Council’s East Auckland Visual Art Showcase.

Pat Hanly Creativity Awards 2021 local recipients
Caela Ackerman, Botany Downs Secondary College
Renee Tabunot, Howick College
Stevie Wood, Howick College
Elyssa Chen, Macleans College
Maggie Xian, Macleans College
Avril Hii, Ormiston Senior College
Ruby Zhai, Ormiston Senior College
Sharon Sun, Pakuranga College
Yujie Weng, Pakuranga College
Ivy Oliveria, Sancta Maria College
Lance Zuniga, Sancta Maria College