The late Olivia Spencer Bower set up the Foundation bearing her name
to give financial assistance to emerging artists or sculptors showing promise.
The following is a summary of the terms of the Foundation Deed and the requirements
of the Trustees as to the selection process.
1. The Awards
Each Award is for a period of 12 months commencing on 1 January. The amount is determined by the Trustees and is designed to be sufficient to enable the recipient to pursue his or her artistic endeavours for that 12 month period freed from the obligation of employment or other financial constraints. The Awards offered for 2019 and 2020 are each for $30,000.00 and will be payable in equal monthly payments.
The objects of the Foundation are to encourage and promote emerging painters and sculptors in New Zealand with particular emphasis on future artistic potential rather than financial need. It was the intention of Olivia Spencer Bower to provide the opportunity for an artist showing talent to work for one year pursuing their own direction as a painter or sculptor, freed from the necessity to seek outside employment.
Olivia Spencer Bower could be described as having been in the mainstream of the artistic spectrum and wished to assist others with similar inclinations. The Foundation Deed makes specific reference to "painting and sculpture" so the Award can only be made to painters and sculptors. This means that applications from video makers, photographers and performance artists will not, in terms of the Foundation Deed, be successful. Printmakers, Ceramic and other craft artists would be included but only as far as their works extend to "painting and sculpture".
While there is no requirement that recipients must be women or that women are to be favoured over men, the Selection Committee is comprised in such a way that women must be equal or outnumber men. The clear intent of Olivia Spencer Bower was that if there were two applicants of totally equal standing, one of each sex, the woman was to be preferred. However, it is considered rare that there will be two contenders of totally equal standing which means that there will be no bias on the grounds of gender.
4. Not To An Established Artist
* Show clear artistic potential
* Not necessarily have received formal art training
* Not represented in major collections
* Not the subject of wide critical acclaim
* Unlikely to have been the recipient of a major Award
* Clear evidence of commitment
The Award is intended for emerging artists, not established artists.
* Residents of Canterbury, or
* People who are prepared to reside in Canterbury during the term of the Award, or
* People who otherwise have connections with Canterbury, eg attended Ilam School of Fine Arts or Christchurch Polytech.
The Canterbury connection, while a factor, would rank below the prime requisites of artistic potential and evidence of commitment. To qualify for an award an artist must have been or resident in New Zealand for a period of not less than 5 years at anytime during his or her lifetime.
7. Award Requirements
* There is an expectation that the Awardee will not hold any exhibitions, or make available works for sale in a structured way, certainly during the first three quarters of the award term.
* A one page half yearly update in May and November will be required from each winner of the Award to the Trustees, summarising the work being undertaken and projections for the next six months. This may follow the one page format provided by the Trustees.
* The Trustees encourage artists to donate one work from the period of their tenure or the following 12 months, to the Foundation. This will enable a valuable historical record to be built up and will assist with future marketing of the Award and previous recipients. This is only an option and not compulsory in any way.
* Under a formal agreement these works will be held by the Christchurch Art Gallery on behalf of the Trustees.
Please note the following two (2) policy award changes:
* Following two submissions to the Trustees from a group of previous years Foundation Awardees the banning of any overseas travel during the period of the award has been changed.
* In previous award years, some Awardees have been offered the opportunity to lecture and help other artists and sculptors with their work for a fee.