First week in November 2015
|Public announcement of the 2016 Award Winner
||Nominees called for the Selection Committee
|1 March 2016
||Nominees to be formalised and finalised
||Award advertising to commence
|30 June 2016
||Closing date of Award applications
|31 August 2016
||Selection Committee's decision re successful applicants
to be made
|First week in November 2016
||Public announcement of 2017 Award Winner
|First week in November 2017
||Public announcement of the 2018 Award Winner
1.1 The amount of each Award (currently $30,000)
will be announced by the Trustees. The Trustees will also disclose to
the Selection Committee the number of Awards that can be made in that
1.2 The Awards will be paid out monthly in advance
commencing on 1st January.
2.1 The Selection Committee
is to consist of three persons being:
2.1.1 a woman appointed by
the teaching staff of the University of Canterbury School of Fine
Art (the word "staff" to include the Dean)
2.1.2 one man or woman appointed by Creative New
Zealand or its successor and
2.1.3 one woman painter or sculptor appointed by
the incumbent Director of the Christchurch Art Gallery.
2.2 Appointed members hold
office until the 31st day of December next following his or her appointment
and are eligible for re-appointment. No appointed member shall serve
for more than two consecutive years, nor shall serve in excess of four
years in any ten year period.
2.3 Application for the annual
awards are called for on bi-annual basis:
||2015 and 2016
||2017 and 2018
||2019 and 2020
3.1 Every member of the Selection
Committee has one vote and all matters shall be decided by a majority
of votes. In the case of equality the Trustees are entitled for that
purpose only to exercise a casting vote. The quorum is two members
present in person and the Selection Committee may act notwithstanding
vacancies in its number provided the necessary quorum is present.
3.2 The Selection Committee is to meet at least once
in each calendar year in which an Award is to be made.
3.3 Except as provided in the Deed of Foundation
the Selection Committee is to make its own rules and adopt its own
4. Trustees’ Powers
4.1 The Trustees are empowered
in exceptional circumstances to grant additional funds to the recipient
of an Award.
4.2 The Trustees will ensure that the requirements
as to regularity of Awards is maintained.
4.3 The Trustees may revoke an Award if the recipient
is guilty of grave misconduct or in the event of non-compliance with
the terms of the Award.
5.1 The Foundation will meet
all reasonable expenses incurred by any member of the Selection Committee
in attending meetings. It is anticipated this will extend to travel
costs and meal allowances.
5.2 Travel expenses will be met by the Foundation
for any applicant whom the Selection Committee desires to meet.
6. Meetings of Selection Committee
6.1 Copies of all application
forms which must be received by 30th June will be forwarded to the
Selection Committee in early July. It is proposed the first meeting
of the Selection Committee in mid-July to identify those applicants
the Selection Committee may like to meet. It is suggested this meeting
could be by way of conference telephone call.
6.2 The second meeting may be in person at which
selected applicants may attend. It is expected that the invited number
of applicants will not exceed four, or twice the number of vacancies
available, whichever is the greater.
6.3 The decision on the successful Awardees will
need to be made in time for the Trustees to make public announcement
no later than the first week of November of each year.
7.1 In brief, the late Olivia Spencer Bower wished
the Foundation to give financial assistance to artists showing promise.
She had a particular hope that women would receive favourable consideration
as she considered this had not been done in the past and she also
was firm in the view that it would be preferable if the recipient
either had or was prepared to establish some links with Canterbury.
In broad terms Olivia’s intention was to benefit somebody like
herself. In other words the Award is very much a personal reflection
of what would have really been of benefit to her, if available when
she was young. This was an overriding concern and explains to a large
extent the accent on regionality, painting and sculpture and a Selection
Committee carefully weighted in favour of women.
7.2 Both the Trustees and the Selection Committee
are bound by the precise terms of the Trust Deed. While it may be
thought by some that these are unduly restrictive the Selection Committee
and the Trustees have a legal and moral obligation to fulfil these
requirements to the fullest extent. It is only on these terms that
they take on their respective roles. The final terms of the Foundation
were determined after months of detailed discussions and investigations,
with all variables having been either considered and rejected or included
in the final form.
8. Residential Qualifications and Intentions
8.1 To qualify for an Award an artist must have
been in residence in New Zealand for a period of not less than five
years at any time during his or her lifetime.
8.2 The recipient of an Award is not required to
reside in any specific area but the Selection Committee is to give
* residents of Canterbury, or
* residents who are prepared to reside in Canterbury during the
term of the Award, or
* persons who otherwise have connections with Canterbury either
residential or otherwise.
8.3 An applicant for an Award is not required to
have any formal qualifications in art or any other discipline.
8.4 Each applicant is to inform the Selection Committee
of his or her intentions during the tenure of the Award, if elected;
but is not to be called upon to submit any specific scheme of work
prior to selection or to undertake or complete any particular work
during tenure of the Award.