NZ Art Show 2023: The Countdown is On

We’re Counting Down the Days

It won’t be long before we open the doors to the public on 2nd June. 200 of New Zealand’s emerging and established artists are busy creating new works for us, revealed to the public for the first time at this year’s NZ Art Show.

Join us as we celebrate 20 years of showcasing the finest contemporary art from New Zealand’s vibrant art community.

Look out for us on the streets

Our marketing campaign has started, and it’s eye-poppingly creative: keep an eye out for our digital billboards in New Zealand’s main centres, double-decker buses in Wellington, and  promotional postcards in the greater Wellington region. The postcards feature 10 of our artists: all the artworks in this newsletter feature as a postcard.

Kereru by Tim Christie
Painting by Christian Nicolson

Become a Friend and attend the VIP Preview and Gala

As a Friend of the NZ Art Show, you are the first to experience the show by attending the exclusive VIP preview that all Friends and Sponsors of the NZ Art Show are invited to. This event is held on Thursday morning, June 1st, and it’s perfect for the passionate art lovers. Friends also receive tickets to the Gala Evening and the Show Days, so it’s the full works: great value!
Please note: the Gala Evening is for Friends and our Sponsors – there are no tickets sales for this.

Get in quick, Friend memberships are limited.

A gift of art is a gift that lasts a lifetime

Do you want to treat someone but don’t know how?  NZ Art Show gift vouchers
are thoughtful and unique gifts!

Get your special loved one a gift they’ll truly appreciate. 

Photographic print by Paul Petherick

Our Art Lovers Special gives you two free show tickets 💘

Designed especially for our dedicated art lovers: purchase a $100 art voucher, you get two free show day tickets* for the 2023 NZ Art Show. *Please note, each show day ticket can be used once on any one day – Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

*Does not include Gala evening

Finalists for the R.T Nelson Awards for Sculpture

54 artworks have been selected as finalists for this year’s R.T Nelson Awards for Sculpture. 36 sculptors are all vying for a top prize of $15,000 and 5 x Highly Commended Prizes of $1,000. These awards celebrate excellence in NZ sculpture and seek to foster a market for small-scale sculpture.
The winners will be announced at the VIP Preview on Thursday June 1 and the exhibition is open to the public Friday and Saturday June 2 and 3.
See all the finalists at the NZ Art Show – this is your only chance to see these artworks – they will all be for sale at the show.

Glass sculpture by Di Tocker. This is Di’s second year as a finalist. Last year she won a Highly Commended award.

The following artworks are by: RUSH, Tanya Blong, Patsy Fletcher, Randal Leach and Shirley Cresswell.

Come and be a part of our team at the show 

We have shifts available for various roles, the work is heaps of fun, it’s great work experience and you will be some of the first to see the NZ Art Show!  
We have work available on the following dates: 

VIP PREVIEW AND GALA: Thursday 1st June from 8:30am – 9pm (with a break) 
SHOW DAYS: Friday 2nd June to Sunday 4th June 10am – 6.30pm

Customer service experience is preferred and as you are on your feet for the duration of your shift a good level of fitness is required.

Ngā mihinui: Duncan Cotterill

We are honoured to have the support of Duncan Cotterill who have sponsored the show for several years.
Duncan Cotterill has grown to become one of the leading law firms in New Zealand and the second largest legal partnership in the country. They’ve achieved this because they’re clear about where they’re heading and what they want to achieve. With offices in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Queenstown, they have a unique proposition in the market – they’re on the ground where their clients are. As a full service law firm, their clients consist of leading organisations and multi-national brands, start-ups through to SMEs, and private individuals. Duncan Cotterill lawyers focus on building partnerships with their clients, taking on the role of trusted advisors.  Click here to visit their website.

Our sponsors get to thank their clients at our Gala Evening: why don’t you treat your valuable clients at the Art Party of the Year.

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