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The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2019 ENTRIES NOW OPEN

Entries are now open for the 2019 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award. The judge for the 2019 NZPPA is Kim Paton, Director of Auckland’s Objectspace and former Wintec researcher and art tutor. Selecting from a field of several hundred works, Kim will choose the winner and recipient of the Grand Prize. That artist will receive an award of $20,000, generously sponsored once again by the Vela family. Alongside the Grand Prize, Kim will also be awarding two Merit Awards from Wintec and the Print Council Aotearoa New Zealand. The winner of the People’s Choice Award sponsored by Gordon Harris will be announced after the exhibition has closed.

2019 heralds a change of venue for the NZPPA as the Waikato Society of Arts, in collaboration with our new major partner, Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), bring the award exhibition to Hamilton’s CBD. The award exhibition will be shown at Wintec’s premier event venue, The Atrium, which is located inside one of the city’s beautifully restored historic buildings on the central city campus (Wintec House). This significant development aims to take advantage of the recently invigorated gallery scene in Hamilton’s CBD, encourage a broader audience for the exhibition and tie in with the visual arts fare on show in the Hamilton arts precinct.

The award announcement event will take place on Thursday 28 February within Wintec’s, The Atrium (a ticketed event). After the opening night, the exhibition will be open (free) from Friday 1 March until Sunday 3 March. A series of events are planned, including a judge’s floor talk.

ENTRIES CLOSE NOVEMBER 23, please see entry link below.  All entrants will be notified of the result of their entry on or before FRIDAY 14 DECEMBER.


National Youth Art Award 2018

NYAA 2018

The Midland MRI National Youth Art Award entries have now closed. This year was our best number of entries, 110!

The amazing Anna Mile’s has come on board to judge this year’s event and we are thrilled to be working with her. Owner and operator of a contemporary dealer gallery (the Anna Mile’s gallery in Auckland), she is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about contemporary art in Aotearoa.

We held our Opening evening and Awards ceremony last night and again, we had seven awards to present: 

The Midland MRI Grand Prize of $2,000 went to Samantha Carpenter

The Breakthrough Artist award of $1,000 went to Henry Turner

The Emerging Young Artist award of $500 went to Blake Tanner

The Print award of $500 went to Samantha Callaghan

The Abstract award of $500 went to Alex Wilkinson 

The Photography award of $500 went to Nikita Treweek 

The People’s Choice award of $250, sponsored by Gordon Harris Art Supplies was won by Anna Filimonova

Thank you to all our generous sponsors who helped make this such a special evening:

Major Sponsor - Midland MRI

Hamilton Radiology

Print Council Association of New Zealand

Fusion Print

Area Design


Gordon Harris Art Supplies

and to Primo Vino for helping with the refreshments and glasses.

The New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2018

This was the 18th year for this award, it is an important event on the arts calendar in the Waikato and beyond. This nationally significant painting and printmaking award was established, and is hosted, by the Waikato Society of Arts. It offers one of New Zealand’s most valuable cash awards for New Zealand artists in the fields of painting and printmaking. The $20,000 prize is very generously sponsored by the Philip Vela Family Trust and they also purchase the winning artwork for their collection.

About the 2018 award

2017 winners


Premier Award (Phillip Vela Family Trust) - John Pusateri - Buho y Calavera

Merit Award (WSA) - Tim Croucher - Princess

Merit Award (PCANZ) - Jacqueline Aust - Atlas Of Declensions

Highly Commended - Hiria Anderson - My Advance Care Plan

Highly Commended - Flynn Morris-Clarke - Young Hubris

People's Choice (Gordon Harris) - Libby Vandy-Mines - Whaingaroa, Raglan

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