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Wednesday: 10am - 7pm

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Zonta Ashburton Female Art Awards 2020




7 March - 12 April 2020

Open Daily: 10am - 4pm

This award exhibition presented by The Zonta Club of Ashburton in partnership with the Ashburton Art Gallery showcases the works of emerging and mid-career female artists based in Canterbury. The award seeks to raise the status of female visual artists working in the wider Canterbury area and acknowledges excellence in emerging and mid-career female artists as well as providing a platform for female youth.

The ZAFAA 2020 premier award winner will receives not only a substantial cash prize, but the opportunity to hold a solo exhibition in 2021.  This chance for a fully curated and professionally installed exhibition adds greatly to value of ZAFAA and the growth of the artistic careers.  This year the winner of the 2019 award, Melissa Macleod, will exhibit concurrently to the ZAFAA 2020 exhibition.

The finalists in the ZAFAA20 Premier Award category are:

Sarah Anderson (Lincoln), Audrey Baldwin (Christchurch), Sharnaé Beardsley (Christchurch), Jen Bowmast (Christchurch), Coral Broughton (Rangiora), Sarah Brown (Christchurch), Olivia Chamberlain (Christchurch), Edwards and Johann (Christchurch), Polly Gilroy (Christchurch), Jacquelyn Greenbank (Christchurch), Janna van Hasselt (Christchurch), Lee Harper (Christchurch), Kim Hennessy (Lyttelton), Ella Hickford (Christchurch), Phoebe Hinchliff (Christchurch), Mi Kyung Jang (Christchurch), Ina Johann (Christchurch), Orissa Keane (Christchurch), Gala Kirke (Timaru), Glenys Parry (Timaru), Lisa Patterson (Lyttelton), Hannah Phillips (Christchurch), Rebecca Smallridge (Christchurch), Susanne van Tuinen (Christchurch), Emma Wallbanks (Lyttelton) and Jenny Wilson (Christchurch)

The awards will also have a separate Young Generation category open to female artists between the ages of 16 and 20. This award will acknowledge the creative youth in Canterbury with a cash prize.

The finalists for the Young Generation Award are:

Catherine Anderson (Christchurch), Abby Baillie (Christchurch), Eva Baillie-Gee (Christchurch), Sophie Boswell (Oxford), Rosetta Brown (Christchurch), Kyra Elliot (Christchurch), Kaitlin Fitzgibbon (Kaiapoi), Brietta Freeman (Christchurch), Jordan Garth (Christchurch), Emma Kim (Christchurch), Monica Koster (Christchurch), Yixuan Li (Timaru), Rilee McGlynn (Christchurch), Mila Rollo (Timaru) and Ruby Young (Timaru).


Zonta International strives to empower women worldwide by improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at global and local levels through service and advocacy. This exhibition reflects Zonta’s vision by recognising the artistic accomplishments of women who are actively contributing to and shaping our art scene and creating a bold and diverse future for the arts in Canterbury.

Key dates for entering ZAFAA20:

30 August 2019 | Entries open

30 November 2019 | Entries close

17 January 2020 | ZAFAA20 finalists and judges announced

1—11 February 2020 | all finalists works to arrive at the Gallery

6 March 2020 at 7pm | Exhibition opening

12 April 2020 | Exhibition ends

15th — 29th April 2020 | Collection of work

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Image credit: Melissa Macleod, The Fall (#1) (detail), nylon, glue and sand, 2018


7 March - 12 April 2020

Open Daily: 10am - 4pm

Wednesday: 10am - 7pm


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the trappings of ghosts

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