Best in Show 2006 is the second graduate exhibition to be held at Objectspace and features work from makers/designers graduating from Manukau School of Visual Arts, Unitec, Auckland University of Technology, Te Whare Wananga O Awanuiarangi in Whakatane and Otago Polytechnic of Art through Auckland Studio Potters. Work was selected from each of the graduate exhibitions by representatives of the institutions and Objectspace with an emphasis on bodies of work that were innovative and thought-provoking. Our selection features work that references craft and design traditions without being fixed to a particular genre or functionality, broadening possible readings and allowing for more experimental approaches to be represented.
Best in Show is an important platform for the participants, providing exposure to wider audiences, media and professional development opportunities. A number of the 2005 Best in Show participants gained significant media coverage and established important contacts and networks. This year we have also introduced the People's Choice Award, which allows visitors to vote for the work which they feel provokes, excites and inspires them the most.
Objectspace continues to develop new relationships with the broader craft sector and as a result of this a component of the Best in Show exhibition will be traveling to Quoil Contemporary Jewellery Gallery in Wellington. Best in Show: Findings, features a selection of participants working specifically in the jewellery tradition.
Objectspace would like to thank all of the makers/designers for their participation. We would also like to acknowledge the support and assistance of all of the institutions and their representatives, Fran Allison (MSVA), Monique Jansen (AUT), Katy Wallace, Areta Wilkinson, Pauline Bern (Unitec), Gina Machitt (Te Whare Wananga O Awanuiarangi), Duncan Shearer (Auckland Studio Potters) and Belinda Hager (Quoil Contemporary Jewellery).