Lauren Knight, 6, with her comic adventure at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Photo Rosie Moyes

Lauren Knight, 6, with her comic adventure at Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Photo Rosie Moyes

Taranaki Adventure comic competition winners announced

Yuichiro Tamura: Milky Mountain / 裏返りの山 exhibition

12 Nov 2019

The winners of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery’s Taranaki Adventure comic competition are budding young artists Lauren Knight, 6, and Ilaine Shuttleworth, 10.

As part of the Milky Mountain / 裏返りの山 exhibition (10 Aug - 17 Nov 2019), Yuichiro Tamura created KAIZO – a comic exploring New Plymouth in an alternate reality. The Gallery then asked creative kids of all ages to have fun creating their own mini adventure comics.

The competition ran during the October school holidays, in two age group categories, under 9s and 9+.

With 21 fantastic entries, it was a tricky job choosing the winners for judges Leonicia Trustrum and Valerie Barraclough (working illustrators and Gallery team members).

The winners of both age categories will receive 20 copies of their comics printed by the Gallery, as well as a bag full of arty treats from the Govett-Brewster Shop to continue their creative journey.

All 21 entries are being displayed in the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery’s entrance foyer corridor until Friday December 6.

The judges’ comments on the Under 9s winning comic entry from Lauren Knight:

“Lauren’s comic is about a pterodactyl learning to fly with the help from its friends. Her story takes you on a journey that ends with her waking up in bed smiling. Lauren exhibits great artist understanding through the reflections shown on the Gallery’s shiny exterior, as well as her creative depiction of the flying dinosaurs.”  

The judges’ comments on the Ages 9+ winning comic entry from Ilaine Shuttleworth:
“Ilaine has made a two page comic with a captivating storyline. She takes inspiration from many Taranaki icons that are changed in the alternate dimension explored in her comic. There is a strong use of black and white and great attention to detail which shows a good understanding of traditional comics.”


You can see all the entries here:

“We received many comics with many perspectives and styles. All had aspects of local art and culture integrated with a range of creative characters, from robots to cats! It’s great to see the creative visionaries that have come from the Taranaki community.”