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Big eyed, purple alien helps set future for body-art shows

Big eyed, purple alien helps set future for body-art shows
The NZ Body Art Showcase concept should be copied, says international judge Tim Gratton.

While a big eyed, purple alien design stole the show on the day, it may actually be the event itself that really demands attention.

Tim Gratton was an international judge at the NZ Body Art Showcase in Auckland last Saturday. He says it's the only event of its kind in the world and should be a model for others.

“The artistic work is comparable, even better than what I have seen at the world championships,” says Gratton.

Body artist Sofia Bue Pederson took out the Supreme Award with her alien design and she also won the Weta Workshop SPFX Fantasy Award. She was Best Emerging Artist at last year's show.

A near-capacity crowd filled the Bruce Mason Centre. The show's future theme was set with live music from the band Starboy and amazing lighting effects. 

It returned to the North Shore after a stint in the Auckland CBD last year.

Executive Producer Jonathan Smith says the event just gets better and better.

“I believe our audience was delighted with what they experienced. I have no doubt that we exceeded their expectations with the delivery of a tight, well scripted show full of colour, flavour and surprises.”

Other dual winners were Cynthia Gascogine, Myrtha Heydenrijk and Kim Boyd. With Julian Bartram, Aimee Waterhouse-Fitch, Hayley Tamaka, Allison Millair and Alex Hansen also received awards.

Next year’s theme will be "the circus".