$20,000 IN PRIZES

Celebrating small scale sculpture

Sculpture, as in any art form, has the power to evoke strong emotions and transform lives.

With the myriad of materials that sculptors use, 3D art expresses itself and engages with its audiences uniquely from other art forms. It provides rich experiences as the audience views artworks from different angles and contemplates size, texture, weight, balance, colour, medium, technique, pattern and meaning.

The RT Nelson Awards for Sculpture celebrates the diversity of sculpture and their creators with this prestigious award

One premier prize of $15,000

Five highly commended prizes of $1,000

‘Red Dress’ by 2021 finalist Anna Korver.
Image: Toa Wairua e Matakitaki Ana, bone and greenstone by Andrew Doughty.

Application closing dates extended

We fully appreciate that the impact of the Covid outbreak on Auckland, Waikato and Northland has restricted access to materials and services, making it difficult for artists to commit to applying for this award.
Therefore we are extending  the closing dates for applications from November 3 to January 30. 

Please refer to the updated diagram below for all the new dates.

Images below: Some of the finalists from the 2021 RT Nelson Sculpture Awards. From top to bottom, left to right – Drape Balance by Brendan Adams, The Swing by Renate Verbrugge, Open Gateway by Richard Landers, Two Red Mares by Odelle Morshuis, and Untitled by Don Service

Richard T. Nelson is an avid art collector. Originally from the USA, Richard has called Wellington, NZ home for past 25 years. Richard appreciates the elegance and grace of sculpture, and wishes to reward technique and true craftsmanship through this award.

The NZ Art Show wishes to thank the following for their support: