Martin Hughes Contemporary Pacific Art Award 2007

Congratulations to Terry Koloamatangi Klavenes, winner of the 2007 Martin Hughes Contemporary Pacific Art Award. Terry held his solo exhibition, “Hybrids & Hafekasis” at Fresh Gallery Otara in October 2007, which featured on the front cover of ArtZone magazine (Sept/Nov 07); Terry is also a 2007 participant in the creative incubator programme ARTsource.

Terry & Ema Terry, Ema & Gina Cole  

Klavenes is known for his developed specialised portfolio as a graphic designer and photographer. He is also known for his public artworks around Manukau and Auckland which include art banners, murals and sculptural work. Klavenes has contributed extensively as a multi-media artist gaining commissions from both public and private sectors; his recent approach to further investigate the complexities and anxieties of his own hybridity from within the low socio-economic neighbourhoods of south Auckland, leads to personal stories of experiences shared by many migrants of Pacific ancestry. 
Extract from The Martin Hughes Contemporary Pacific Art Award 2007 catalogue

Congratulations also to Manukau Pacific Artists, Genevieve Pini and Vinesh Kumaran, who were finalists for the 2007 award. Congratulations also to Christchurch based Tongan painter Kulimoe’anga Maka, who exhibited with Samiu Napa’a at Fresh Gallery Otara in September 2007, who was awarded the runner-up prize.

Falaniko Pini, Marilyn Kohlhase with Genevieve Pini

Vinesh Kumaran and partner Jigisha with Terry Koloamatangi Klavenes

All photography courtesy of Steven Ball.

For more photos from the Awards evening, click here.