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This year's Art Awards run by WSA




We are pleased to announce that Julia Waite has been appointed as the judge of the 2020 NZPPA. Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) from the University of Otago (2005), a Masters of Museum and Heritage Studies from Victoria University (2009) and a Masters of Arts (First Class Honours) from the University of Auckland (2017). Julia is currently the Curator of New Zealand Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. We are very pleased to have Julia on board and believe her expertise surrounding New Zealand art is well aligned with the demands of the award - to be knowledgable on both paint and print.


The dates surrounding the NZPPA have been slightly adjusted in an effort to move the award away from the Christmas holiday period.


Entries open on the 12th of March 2020


Entries close on the 9th of April 2020


Award ceremony dates and visiting hours will be announced closer to the time.


The award entry form will be released in November 2019.


We are pleased to confirm that the Vela Family Trust is once again the chief sponsor of the award, providing our main cash prize of $20,000NZD. Supporting awards will be announced in the coming months.


Thank you also to Wintec for joining us once again as our chief partner, providing the stunning venue, The Atrium for the 2020 awards.


Finally, we are pleased to announce our convenor for the 2020 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award is Laree Payne (Director of Weasel Gallery, Hamilton).




2019 National Youth Art Award

Waikato Society of Arts Annual National Youth Art Award 2019

18 July – 19 August

ArtsPost Gallery, Hamilton


It is with much excitement that the Waikato Society of Arts along with our chief sponsor Midland MRI can announce that the finalists for our 10th year of competition have been chosen, with a record number of 140 entries.

Hamilton has been the host for this award for the past ten years, the only award in New Zealand exclusive to talented young artists. Prizes totalling $6000 along with Gordon Harris People’s Choice award of $250 and a special Print award from the Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand of $500.

All young artists in New Zealand between the ages of 15 and 25 are invited to enter this prestigious competition.

This is a selected show and we are honoured to announce our judge this year will be Margaret Aull, formerly from Tumu Herenga Toi - Curator Manager Ahua Gallery at New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute, before this she was Poutiaki Toi - Art Collection Curator at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Margaret Aull studied her Masters of Fine Arts at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, in Auckland.

The 83 finalists will have their work on show to the public, for a month, at ArtsPost Gallery, Hamilton, with an Opening and Awards evening at 5.30pm on the 18th of July.

This award is open to independent artists as well as students who are prepared to jump the boundaries of their curriculum.

Original visual art work that is unique, imaginative, delightful and thought-provoking is welcome.


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