Adam Art Gallery exhibition wins 2018 Walters Prize

Berlin-based, New Zealand-born artist Ruth Buchanan has won the 2018 Walters Prize for her work BAD VISUAL SYSTEMS, which was exhibited at Victoria University of Wellington’s Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi in 2016.

Ruth Buchanan and Christina Barton
Ruth Buchanan and Christina Barton

The Walters Prize is New Zealand's most prestigious contemporary art award and is awarded every two years to profile outstanding examples of contemporary New Zealand art. The 2018 prize winner was selected by international judge Adriano Pedrosa, artistic director of Museu de Arte de São Paulo from four shortlisted artworks selected by an independent panel of jurors.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) Dr Lucy Baragwanath hosted a table at the awards ceremony at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki together with Christina Barton, Director of Adam Art Gallery and Claire Carruthers, Development Manager for the Victoria Foundation.

Dr Baragwanath says “We were thrilled to be there to celebrate Ruth’s magnificent achievement in winning the Walters Prize for her exhibition BAD VISUAL SYSTEMS. Her success is a further accolade for the outstanding programme run by the Adam Art Gallery.”

Adam Art Gallery Director, Christina Barton says “It’s been an exciting year for the Adam, with Ruth Buchanan winning the Walters Prize and Luke Willis Thompson, whose major solo show we hosted in February this year, shortlisted for Tate Britain’s Turner Prize. We are proud to have enabled these artists to really stretch themselves in our remarkable spaces.”

To find out more about Adam Art Gallery or how to support its exhibition programme please visit the Gallery’s website or contact Claire Carruthers at