The Arts Foundation Laureate Awards are being held tonight in Wellington. Last year's Laureates included John Reynolds; previous visual arts Laureates include Peter Peryer, Michael Parekowhai, Ronnie van Hout and Julia Morison.
My baseless list of possibilities for tonight:
And - possibly a rank outsider, because I don't think the Foundation awards to artists based mostly outside of New Zealand, but deserving nonetheless - Michael Stevenson.
NEWER UPDATE Shows what I know.
UPDATE Over the net have pointed out that the male to female ratio of awards to visual artists so far is 4:1 (and that's before you count Warwick Freeman. But if you count him, do you count Ann Robinson? Hmmmm).
My own factoid: no artist has represented NZ at the Venice Biennale and become a Laureate.
Totally unrelated, an interesting article in the Guardian about readers' reports, the invisible arbiters of the publishing industry.