All the exhibition volunteers who worked on WW1 Splash can take a bow! Watercolour New Zealand has been Highly Commended in the 2015 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards for the ‘WW1 in watercolours at Splash’ exhibition. These awards celebrate and support volunteer groups making valuable contributions to their communities and the exhibition was recognised as enhancing and increasing participation in arts and cultural activities in the Wellington region.

This exhibition took two years to plan, drew national and international attention and involved 60 volunteers supporting the WW1 Splash exhibition team of Claire Clark, Alan Collins, Chris Andersen, Vivian Manthel-French and Dianne Taylor. After the exhibition closed the collection of framed prints by WW1 watercolourists George Butler, Nugent Welch and Horace Moore-Jones was presented to Archives New Zealand to establish a national touring exhibition during the WW1 commemorations.

This collection was funded by the Lottery Grants Board and involved scanning the original works held in the National War Art Collection of Archives New Zealand in Wellington. The “WW1 in watercolours” exhibition will open on 1 December in Auckland at Archives New Zealand Auckland Regional Office at 95 Richard Pearse Drive in Mangere.

Vivian Manthel-French, Chris Andersen and Claire Clark
of the WW1 Splash Exhibition Team receiving a
Community Award from Steve Sanderson Chief Executive
of Wellington Airport (left) and Celia Wade-Brown.
Mayor of Wellington (right)