21 Oct 2012

$50,000 art award won by Newby

2:15 pm on 21 October 2012

Auckland artist Kate Newby has won New Zealand's major contemporary art award worth $50,000.

She was awarded the Walters Prize on Saturday night at an event at the Auckland Art Gallery.

The biennial award also includes the opportunity to show work at the Saatchi & Saatchi's world headquarters in New York.

Ms Newby, whose winning installation was first exhibited in Bremen, Germany, says it was a humbling experience.

The Walters Prize is named in honour of the late New Zealand artist, Gordon Walters. It was established in 2002 with the aim of making contemporary art more widely recognised.