Best In Show 2009 was Objectspace's fifth annual exhibition in a series which showcases a handpicked selection of outstanding craft and design graduates. The Best In Show format has proven itself to be an important event within the New Zealand craft and design exhibition calendar and Objectspace is proud to have represented a range of new voices over the last five editions of Best In Show. The fourteen exhibitors in the 2009 exhibition encompassed the exciting and varied terrain of spatial, graphic and textile design along with ceramics, jewellery and object art installation.

Previous Best In Show exhibitors have moved on to win design awards and competitions, establish themselves within their chosen fields and some are already moving into roles as mentors and teachers. If there is a theme or feeling that stands out among these fourteen exhibitors in 2009, it is that critical engagement is positioned foremost within their varied practices in conceiving and making intelligent objects.

 

Finding a suitable number and diversity of candidates for Best In Show is a tough process at the best of times. With a number of graduate exhibitions all occurring in the same month (often the same evening!) the assistance, discussion and recommendations of institutional staff was much appreciated. Objectspace would like to acknowledge the following institutions and their representatives who supported and recommended the new talents featured in Best In Show 2009: AUT School of Art and Design, ELAM School of Fine Arts, Hungry Creek School of Art, Manukau School of Visual Arts, Massey University School of Design, Unitec School of Design, Whitireia Polytechnic.

 

Makers:

Anne Baynham, Tara Brady, Gillian Deery, Fiona Garlic, Renee Lam, Amy Li, Amy Pyle, Lynsay Raine, Nadine Smith, Anzac Tasker, Sophie Taylor-Brockie, Vincent Thornhill, Selina Woulfe, Maya van Oldenborgh

Selina Woulfe, Experiential Jewellery: Links Between the Physical and Psychological, 2008. Image courtesy of the artist.

Renee Lam, VOL I, 2008. Image courtesy of the artist.