Award Artists to Feature in NZ Art Show


The NZ Art Show is pleased to announce the Emerging Artist Project as part of the 2017 NZ Art Show. Ten artists who have excelled in previous shows as participants of the RT Nelson Emerging Artist Award will exhibit in a dedicated gallery space at the show.

Now in its 14th year, the NZ Art Show is New Zealand’s largest curated art sale of New Zealand art.

This year’s show runs for four days over Queen’s Birthday Weekend, leading with a Gala opening on Thursday, June 1. The doors will then open to the public on Friday, June 2 at the TSB Arena on Wellington’s waterfront.

The Emerging Artist Project celebrates the RT Nelson Emerging Artist Award and the artists who have benefitted from the award since the award’s inception. The participating artists are in various stages of their art career and some are completing their art studies and this exhibition will indicate their progress to date.

The RT Nelson Emerging Artist Award comprises four cash awards of $2,500 for four art students studying art at a recognised art school.

In 2012, the NZ Art Show and Wellington businessman Richard T Nelson established the Emerging Artist Awards in order to spotlight the talents of artists in the emerging stages of their careers and who are studying for a diploma or degree in visual arts at an established New Zealand art school and to highlight the value of New Zealand’s art schools.

The Emerging Artist Award has proven to be one of the NZ Art Show’s greatest successes; since the award’s inception in 2012 the award has increased in popularity with the show’s patrons. For astute collectors, one of the first ports of call at the show is the show’s Emerging Artist Award gallery; participants are now regarded as hot property and they enjoy successful exposure and sales. For the artists, the award and the show have been a gateway to greater opportunities.


[one_half] Anna-Belle Graham was an award recipient in 2015. In 2016, she completed Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in painting, at Ilam School of Fine Arts at University of Canterbury. She says that the award contributed to her art-making practice in several ways.

‘The award gave me my first standing as an artist and has given me the motivation to keep pushing my art-making practice. It has helped me to realise my potential and to validate my ambitions to contribute to our world through making art, ‘says Anna-Belle.

‘The gallery setting at the venue allowed me to see my work in a different light compared to the studio and the feedback from the show was invaluable and sparked new ideas and observations.’


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‘Standstorm, oil on hessian by Anna-Belle Graham[/one_half_last]




Tyler Jackson received the award in 2016. Last year, he completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours at Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University, Wellington.

‘Receiving the award was a highlight of my study in fine arts,’ says Tyler ‘It provided me with a great platform to disseminate my work to over ten thousand visitors. The financial reward was hugely beneficial to my practice providing material cost for the future. ‘

‘It was an extremely successful weekend with a significant number of conversations taking place with collectors and the public. Months onwards, I am still meeting people who viewed my work at the NZ Art show and who continually my practice as I move forward’.


The other exhibiting  artists are:



Rosanna Smith –  Finalist 2013 – Bachelor of Fine Arts Elam School of Fine Art, Auckland University 2014[/one_third]


Alice King – Recipient 2014  – Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) Elam School of Fine Art, Auckland University 2015[/one_third][one_third_last]

Willough McFarlane – Recipient 2014 – Bachelor of Design, First Class Honours majoring in Photography, Massey University Wellington, 2014[/one_third_last]



Simon Lundqvist – Finalist 2015 – currently completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design Auckland[/one_third][one_third]

Mish O’Neill – Recipient 2015 – Bachelor of Fine Arts, Whitecliffe College of Fine Arts, Auckland 2015[/one_third][one_third_last]

Hannah Watkinson  – recipient 2015 – Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) majoring in Photography,  University of Canterbury 2016[/one_third_last]


Donna-Marie Patterson – Recipient 2016 – Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Sculpture University of Canterbury, (2016)[/one_half][one_half_last]

  • Harry Culy – Recipient 2016 – currently completing his Bachelor of Photographic Design with Honours at Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University, Wellington, graduating at the end of the year.








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