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NZ Painting and Printmaking 2020


Since 2002, WSA has organised the NZPPA to promote New Zealand art and to support NZ artists in the fields of painting and printmaking. 

In 2020 we are partnered with Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology), who will provide the exhibition space: The Atrium at their Hamilton campus.


This year's  finalists will be selected and judged by Julia Waite, Curator of New Zealand Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. She holds a BA (First Class Honours) University of Otago (2005), Masters of Museum and Heritage Studies from Victoria University (2009), and an MA (First Class Honours) University of Auckland (2017). Her expertise is well aligned with the demands of the award - to be knowledgeable in both paint and print. 

Convenor for the 2020 NZ Painting and Printmaking Award is Laree Payne (Director of Weasel Gallery, Hamilton).  


$20,000 main prize for either a painting or a print, generously supplied by the award's principle sponsor, The Vela Family Trust.

$2000 Ruth Davey Merit in Printmaking Award, a new prize celebrating the contribution of this important Waikato printmaker.

$1000 Print Council Aotearoa New Zealand Merit in Printmaking Award. PCANZ is a member-run, national, nonprofit organisation that promotes contemporary fine art printmaking. 

$1000 Wintec Media Arts Merit in Painting Award.

$500 People's Choice Award from Gordon Harris. This prize is a gift card to use in any of the Gordon Harris art supply stores. 


Entries open Thursday, 12 March 2020

Entries close Thursday, 9 April  

Finalists notified on Monday, 4 May 

Opening and Awards are held on Friday, May 22nd at 5.30pm

Exhibition closes Tuesday, 26 May, at 5pm


Please read the criteria carefully.

Waikato Society of Arts

Our Vision: Fostering creativity and growth of visual arts

Our Mission: Supporting local artists with learning facilities and providing resources and exhibition opportunities.

Waikato Society of Arts is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to serving the art needs of the visual artist and art lovers at every stage of their development.

WSA works to enrich the community by supporting growth and development of the visual arts through classes, exhibitions, forums and fellowship.

WSA holds several exhibitions each year and we are especially proud of hosting the National Youth Art Award and the New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award, both attracting entries from all over New Zealand.

Become a member and enjoy all the benefits of belonging to one of the oldest and largest art societies in New Zealand!

Contact Details and Opening Hours

The WSA Office, Art School and the Next Level Gallery are located on Level 1 of the ArtsPost Building, 120 Victoria Street, Hamilton, New Zealand.

The Office and  Art School are open Monday - Friday, 8.30 - 4pm, Next Level Gallery Monday - Friday, 9.00 - 4pm

School holiday hours - Monday - Friday 8.45 - 3.00

After these hours, messages can be left on 07-839-4481.
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