>The winner of the Trust Waikato National Contemporary Art Award 2009.

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“Currently in its ninth year, the award is renowned for the challenging and often controversial entries it attracts.

This year’s winning entry ‘Collateral’ by Auckland artist Dane Mitchell was selected from amongst 43 finalists and 283 entrants from all over the country, with the announcement made at an award ceremony at Waikato Museum on Friday night.

As the winner Mr Mitchell received $15,000 prize money sponsored by Trust Waikato. Award judge Charlotte Huddleston, who is a well-known curator and essayist, and is currently the Curator of Contemporary Art at Te Papa Tongarewa the Museum of New Zealand, said Mr Mitchell had drawn on his real life experiences to create a thought-provoking piece of art.

“Dane’s work responds well to his current situation, addressing, as is typical for him, the interplay of art, culture, anthropology, archaeology and his own situation within these systems.”

What he actually did (and given that he’s currently artist-in-residence at the DAAD Berliner Kunstlerprogramm, he was perhaps constrained in his scope…) was to write a message to Waikato Museum art gallery staff asking them to collect the discarded wrapping of other entries and tip it on the floor.

That was his entry.

If I were one of the furious losing artists, next year I’d write to the art gallery staff asking them to defecate on the gallery floor and title it “A load of crap”

Bound to win

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