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NZ Painting and Printmaking 2020


26 March 2020

After serious consideration, the 2020 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award has been postponed due to the rapidly changing environment we are facing as a result of COVID-19. Although this is disappointing in some respects, postponing the national event means that everyone will have more time, no one will be impacted by the closure of all non-essential businesses (art supply stores, picture framers etc) and most importantly, the event itself will be safe for all to attend.

We have consulted with all key stakeholders and are pleased to announce that the new dates for the 2020 NZPPA are as follows:

·     Entries are already open and will remain open

*For those who have already entered please see below.

·       Entries close at midnight Friday, 7 August

·       The opening night will be held at 5.30pm on Friday, 2 October

*Those who have already entered the award (for applications received before 26 March only), you can either leave your entry as it is, or withdraw your entry and re-enter before the closing date. If you choose to withdraw your entry, credit will be held for your following entry, no refunds will be given.


$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.

$2000 Brian Perry Charitable Trust Painting Award, a new prize to recognise the outstanding work of a rising NZ artist.

$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. 


NZPPA 2020 Entry Form Final.pdf

We are very pleased to be able to continue with the 2020 NZPPA and want to thank all artists and stakeholders for bearing with us during these challenging times.


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).  

Please read the criteria carefully.

2020 NYAA

Call for entries shortly.

Entry forms will be uploaded in the next few weeks.

Entries close Friday 27th July 11.59pm.

Finalists notified 10th August.

NYAA Exhibition 10th September to 8th October in ArtsPost Gallery alongside our annual Waiprint Exhibition.

Two age categories:

15-19 years old

20-25 years old

New age category been added 13-14 years old emerging artist award.

All art mediums can be entered.

Artwork cannot exceed 1200mm x1200mm.

Maximum weight of artwork cannot exceed 10 kilograms

Entries limited to 2 entries per artist.

Entry fee: 

$30 for 1 entry 

$50 for 2 entries

Please email for further information.

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.
For Artschool email, all other enquires email 

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