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Amanda Brett won the $2000 first prize in the 2015 TSB Art in a Day for her watercolour of Parnell Village.

Attention artists: $4,000 up for grabs in TSB Bank Art in a Day!

Artists have a chance to win big prizes by capturing a scene of Parnell, Newmarket or Grafton in TSB Bank Art in a Day on Saturday 20th February. The exciting competition returns for its second year offering over $4,000 in cash and prizes for artists to create a painting or drawing in just one day.

The event starts at 8am on the 20th at Parnell Community Centre, where artists must first register and have their chosen medium authenticated by 9am. Entrants then race to one of 10 set locations to create their masterpiece “en plein air”, before returning to the same venue by 5pm with their completed work.

The 10 locations, chosen to highlight the vibrancy and heritage of the area, are:

  • Parnell: Judges Bay, including St Stephens Chapel; Parnell Village; Heard Park and the Jubilee Building /Auckland Domain area.
  • Grafton: Roman Temple (private residence in Carlton Gore Road), Outhwaite Park and Symonds Street Cemetery/Grafton Bridge.
  • Newmarket: Osborne Street, St Mark’s Church and Lumsden Green.

Artists can choose to work in any type of drawing or painting media to create a work on canvas, watercolour paper or similar flat medium between A4 and A1 paper size. Artists will have assistance to meet framing criteria from Frame by Frame in Newmarket.

As part of the event, art lovers are invited to view the artists in action as they work on their creations. A location guide will be available from www.artinaday.org.nz.

On the following weekend, the exhibition of artists’ works will be held at Parnell Community Centre, with all works available for purchase. Prizes will be awarded by the judging panel at a ceremony at 6.30pm on Saturday, 27th February. Members of the public are warmly invited to view the exhibition and attend the award ceremony.

A cache of valuable prizes is again up for grabs in TSB Bank Art in a Day, thanks to the generosity of sponsors. TSB Bank is proud to be the event’s Gold Sponsor, donating cash prizes of $3,500. Additional prizes include a set of art documentaries from Madman.

For more information on the event including artist registration, rules and location guides see:

www.artinaday.org.nz