Artist Applications Now Open

Artist applications are open earlier than planned

Important information for artists

Please note: artists who have exhibited before, there are a couple of changes you need to be aware of. Please read all the artist information carefully, to ensure that your art complies with our terms and conditions.



‘Daylight’, fine art print by Mahani Del Borello



16 October 2018: Artist applications open now – early

28 February 2019: Artist applications close

8 March: Selection results sent to applicants

27 May: artworks required at venue

May 31 – June 3: NZ Art Show 2019, TSB Arena, Wellington


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‘Mannequin on a Roadie’, photographic print by Lara Gilks


Dates for selection

Instead of weekly selection sessions, selection will now take place AFTER applications close (28 February 2019).

Artists will receive selection results March 4 – 8.


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Image: Detail of Untitled photograph by Michael Lamb, recipient of 2018 RT Nelson Emerging Artist Award


RT Nelson Emerging Artist Award

Artists currently studying at a New Zealand art school or recently graduated can apply for the RT Nelson Emerging Artist Award.

Four awards of $2,500 available.

All info is in the Guide for Artists here


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Image: ‘Rosie’, wood sculpture by Olivier Duhamel


Good preparation

Prepare well for your application – put your best forward and wow the selection panel

The selection panel will be extremely selective.

They will be assessing originality, technique, consistency, affordability, professionalism and accessibility.

They will also be looking for current and contemporary artworks.

Send us the best images of your best work.


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