Important Updates for Artists

Important updates for artists wishing to exhibit in the NZ Art Show


Although it only seems like weeks ago that we were winding down from the 2016 show we are already full steam ahead with preparation for the 2017 show.



Image above: Admiring the art of Auckland artist Doug Ford



Given you are a busy artist juggling many things we want to make sure you have an early heads up on next year’s important dates and changes to the show.

2016 was our first show to be held over Queens Birthday weekend -a success on many levels – so we have locked in Queens Birthday weekend again for 2-5 June 2017.


Other important dates to put in your diary are:
1 Nov 2016: Applications open (Early bird application fee $20
30 Jan 2017: Application fee now $30
31 Mar 2017: SAW and SOLO applications close, or earlier if spaces are all filled
1 May 2017: General Applications close, or earlier if spaces are all filled

Important Updates

Please Take Note


As you are probably aware the 2016 NZ Art Show was the most successful to date – over 1.1 million in art sales and over 1,700 works sold; we are not, however, taking these results for granted as there is always room for improvement.

A key focus for the 2017 show is ensuring all artists’ works are exhibited fairly no matter what category you are applying for. Therefore,there are some changes to exhibition categories.


Image: inspecting the art of Taranaki artist Douglas Reid



Not Quantity


The 2017 show will focus on quality over quantity.Our selectors will be looking for a range of art covering a wide cross section of styles and subject matter, with an emphasis on fresh and new. We endeavour to keep pushing ourselves to retain and strengthen our great reputation. We promise to deliver a wonderful show to potential art buyers by ensuring they have an experience that is memorable and challenges their tastes. We aim to provide a great platform for you, the artist; not only to sell your work but an environment where you can meet other artists and those in the creative industry. Many of you work in isolation throughout the year and this is a chance for you to challenge yourself both socially and commercially – so get those innovative thinking caps on!

Image: Demonstration by Tatyana Kulida.

Category Update

General Exhibition

Artists will be designated a half, whole or two panels (with one panel measuring 2.3 high x 1.2 wide). You are still able to submit a maximum of five works of art but all works will be exhibited together – not distributed throughout the venue. If all artwork does not fit on your panel it will be placed in your storage area and hung when a place becomes available. The artist is to select the panel size that best suits the size of their work. The cost of the General Exhibitor category will be half panel $50, one panel $100 and two panels $200. This will be a set fee and artists will not be charged per piece. This category will now have more focus and structure and ensures better management and control in the hanging of works.

Image: ‘Ferris Wheel’s Day Off by Bella Foster-Lowe, General Exhibitor 2016


Category Update

Solo Panel

Solo Panel (SOLO) applicants will continue to choose from one or two panels and exhibit up to 10 works.

The major change is the artist will have some curatorial control by numbering their artwork 1-10 in order of hanging preference.

Of course, the NZ Art show curators will have to use their discretion on what size and shape artwork best fits a panel but they will work closely with the hanging preference requested by the artists.

Image: Sarah, oil on canvas by Charlotte Adams, Solo Panel artist 2016



Category Update

Single Artist Wall

The Single Artist Wall (SAW) category remains unchanged but you will now be in an environment where everyone’s art has its own designated space making it easier for all attendees to recognise different people’s artwork.

Image: Janine Whitelaw, Single Artists Wall artist 2016

Streamlining Processes

Nice and Easy

We are also working on streamlining the application process.

SAW artists will be able to request a panel and/or SAW assistant at the initial application stage and invoicing for successful applicants will be attached to your acceptance into the show which will mean fewer emails for your in-box!

Given delivery to the TSB venue worked so well last year we are also changing the location of all delivery of artworks (both couriered and hand delivery) to the TSB Arena. We understand that this gives a smaller delivery time frame but operationally it means your artwork is easier to track and store and also means less handling of your work as we will not need to move your art from another premise to the venue.

The end goal is to make the experience for the artists and organisers as seamless and professional as possible and we hope the above changes go some way to achieving this goal.

We look forward to receiving your applications in the coming months and can’t wait to see what amazing creations the 2017 NZ Art Show artists have in store for us!

Image: The NZ Art Show is loved by artists and attendees

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