Judges Panel: Richard Taylor

Our final judge for the 2018 NZ Body Art Showcase & Awards is none other than Richard Taylor, CEO & Co-founder Weta Workshop.

Richard Taylor is a co-founder and the creative lead at Weta Workshop which he runs with his wife Tania Rodger. Weta Workshop has an international reputation as one of the film industry’s most successful design and special effects studios. Richard has won five Academy Awards© for Weta Workshop’s work on large-scale feature films such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong, as well as being known for The Chronicles of Narnia, Daybreakers, District 9, Avatar, Elysium, The Amazing Spiderman 2, Chappie, The Hobbit trilogy, The Great Wall, Ghost in the Shell, Power Rangers, Blade Runner 2049 and Thor: Ragnarok. Weta Workshop has also produced hundreds of miniatures, models and puppets for TV shows like Hercules, Xena and Thunderbirds Are Go. Richard has also received four BAFTAs, two VES awards and a number of national/international entertainment, business and community awards.

Although Richard’s career has primarily focussed on the screen industries, he has also completed a number of jobs within the Museum trade including for Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre (Blenheim, NZ), Te Papa Tongarewa (Wellington, NZ) and The Great War Exhibition (Wellington, NZ).

In 2010 Richard was awarded a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to film, and in 2012 was named Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.

We are absolutely thrilled to have Richard join us for the 10th NZ Body Art Showcase & Awards and thankful for all the support he & Weta Workshop have given us over the years.

Judges Panel: Hannah Tasker-Poland

This week we are introducing you to the judges of the 2018 NZ Body Art Showcase.

Today we would like you to meet Hannah Tasker-Poland.

Hannah is well known in the New Zealand Body Art industry as a body-paint/SPFX creature model and performer for over 15 years, having started at small town festivals and the Body Art Rocks events in Wellington. Hannah’s involvement in the NZ Body Art Awards goes right back to 2006 and since then has modeled and performed at numerous awards for some of the countries best artists, many of those being award-winning creations and was the 2013 ‘Supreme Performance Award’ recipient.

We are thrilled to have Hannah join us this year as a member of our judges panel.

Judges Panel: Jonathan Smith

This week we are introducing you to the judges of the 2018 NZ Body Art Showcase.

Today we would like you to meet Jonathan Smith.

Jonathan, owner/director of Eventimento NZ Ltd – a boutique event management company that specialises on events that require an artistic flavour, has over 20 years experience in the event industry. He has been involved in numerous events throughout New Zealand but more recently as production manager of Festival Opera’s production of Carmen and Madame Butterfly.

Jonathan has been involved in the Body Art Awards in differing roles including Executive/Artistic Director since its inception some 10 years ago.

He was awarded a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list for his services to the LGBTT community and event industry.

We are delighted that Jonathan joins us this year as a member of our elite judging panel.


Over the next week we are going to introduce you to the judges of the 2018 NZ Body Art Showcase.

First up we would like to introduce you to Kelly Zhongni Ren.

Kelly has worked in beauty/fashion industry internationally for over 18 years as a makeup & styling artist and lecturer. Kelly’s magic makeup & body painting skills have lead her to win a lot of awards, and is still the only Chinese Supreme winner of New Zealand Body Art Showcase & Awards.

A judge for many events in the Chinese community since 2008, Kelly now focuses on work as a makeup designer and prosthetic makeup artist in the film & television industry. Kelly is also a guest lecturer at the costume/art department of Unitec.


Tickets for the 2018 NZ Body Art Showcase & Awards are available now!

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