Media Release: SOLD OUT NZ BODY ART SHOWCASE 2018 WINNERS REVEALED

The New Zealand Body Art Trust proudly presents
NZ BODY ART SHOWCASE 2018: “The Water Element”
Now celebrating a decade in showcasing SPFX/body art magic from Aotearoa and around the world

Credit: Peter Jennings. Winning entry by Andrea Hows.

NZ Body Art Showcase 2018 took center stage in Q Theatre’s Rangatira, showcasing the surreal works from some of NZ’s very best SPFX artists. The theme this year (WATER, THE ELEMENT) inspired a bold array of designs that captivated the buzzing sold out crowd that surrounded the catwalk stage.

The showcase this year marked 10 years of the event’s history, something NZ Body Art Showcase founder, Mem Bourke is proud to be celebrating with her team, “We are absolutely amazed at the brilliance of the artists and performance, NZ artists skill in special effects makeup are up in the world category and we thank everyone that was involved.”

Artists took to this year’s theme, delving into the ways in which humans have used, abused and explored the essential element. The five judged categories inspired an environmental consciousness that seeped into the winner’s work.

The overall supreme winner of the 2018 NZ Body Art Showcase was Andrea Hows, who turned heads with her stunning prosthetic work and painted attention to detail. Her otherworldly design went on to take out the Pollution category award, while Hows’ model Lucy Lynch took home the Supreme Performance award for bringing her painted character to life on the catwalk.

Special highlights of the night included seeing Emma Van Santen win the Outstanding Youth award, and long-time entrant of NZ Body Art Showcase, Australian SPFX artist Louise Paterson take home the Supreme SPFX award for her breathtaking entry this year. Hayley Tamaka turned heads with her entry that won the Supreme Body Paint award this year.

They were joined by Hazel Munroe, Olivia Howard, Stephanie Kendall and Nastassja Benefeld who picked up awards in their respective categories (see full list below).

Judges this year included Sir Richard Taylor (Weta Workshop), Jonathan Smith MNZM, Hannah Tasker-Poland and Kelly Ren.

NZ Body Art Showcase has always prided itself of providing a strong platform for well-established and upcoming SPFX artists by catapulting them onto a national stage. Historically, artists from New Zealand and all over the world have come together to take part in the Southern Hemisphere’s largest and most significant body art event.

Read about the history and the culture around NZ Body Art Showcase here, in New Zealand Herald journalist Dionne Christian’s close up piece, chatting to the founders, the artists and the people that make this one of the best showcase’s for body art in the world.

FULL WINNERS LIST BELOW

NZ Body Art Award Supreme Overall Winner 2018 
Andrea Hows

NZ Body Art Award Supreme SPFX Winner 2018 
Louise Paterson

NZ Body Art Award Supreme Body Paint Winner 2018
Hayley Tamaka

NZ Body Art Award Supreme Performance 2018
Lucy Lynch (Model to Andrea Hows)

NZ Body Art Award Outstanding Youth 2018
Emma Van Santen

THEMED CATEGORY WINNERS:

Pollution
Andrea Hows

Floating
Hazel Munroe

Submerged
Olivia Howard

Destroyer
Stephanie Kendall

Resource
Nastassja Benefeld

NZ Body Art Showcase is funded with the fundamental support of Pub Charity, and is proudly sponsored by Weta Workshop, Barnes, Dermalogica, David Minifie, Ember Vision, Wet Paint Magazine, Benefitz, Oceania Production, Katsura Restaurant, Thin Lizzy, BodyFX and NYX Cosmetics.

Stay updated for details on the 2019 Showcase here at www.bodyartawards.co.nz or follow NZBA Trust on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube.

For publicity enquiries contact
Michelle Lafferty at Elephant Publicity | michelle@elephantpublicity.co.nz | 09 368 4180 | 027 295 6450
Anna Loveys at Elephant Publicity | anna@elephantpublicity.co.nz | 09 368 4180 | 020 404 34286

 

The full Winners list of NZ Body Art Awards 2018


NZ Body Art Award Supreme Overall Winner 2018
Andrea Hows

NZ Body Art Award Supreme SPFX Winner 2018
Louise Paterson

NZ Body Art Award Supreme Body Paint Winner 2018
Hayley Tamaka

NZ Body Art Award Supreme UV Body Paint Winner 2018
Olivia Howard

NZ Body Art Award Supreme Performance 2018
Lucy Lynch (Model to Andrea Hows)

NZ Body Art Award Outstanding Youth 2018
Emma Van Santen

THEMED CATEGORY WINNERS:

Pollution
Andrea Hows

Floating
Hazel Munroe

Submerged
Olivia Howard

Destroyer
Stephanie Kendall

Resource
Nastassja Benefeld

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.