Young art critics admiring the art of Hamilton artist Clinton Christian

Although we’ve just concluded this year’s show, our team is already hard at work planning for the 2024 event. Our unwavering dedication ensures that next year’s show will be yet another captivating and inspiring experience.

To eliminate any potential ambiguity, please note that the NZ Art Show is the sole art exhibition we organize. We take great pride in channeling all our energy and creativity into this singular show, allowing us to excel in delivering the utmost quality and excellence in the realm of art exhibitions.

Therefore, we encourage you to mark your calendars and reserve King’s Birthday Weekend for the highly anticipated NZ Art Show Weekend.

Ceramic sculpture by Havelock North artist Kay Bazzard, finalist in the R.T Nelson Awards for Sculpture

2024 will be our 21st anniversary, so let’s reflect on the last twenty years of supporting Aotearoa art and artists

For the past two decades, the NZ Art Show has been a steadfast supporter of Aotearoa art and artists, fostering a thriving and tightly-knit creative community of artists and art-lovers. As attested by numerous artists, the NZ Art Show continues to provide an array of invaluable benefits including:

A tiny portion of our NZ Art Show artist community – Libby McColl, Jill White, Jason Klenner, Kirsty Black, Rae Prentis and Janine Whitelaw.
  • Launchpad for careers and creative confidence
  • Cultivator of a vibrant art community
  • Premier platform for emerging artists
  • Provider of financial stability
  • Source of creative stimulation and growth
  • Cultivator of meaningful relationships
  • And much more

We’re honoured to have so many inspiring artists in the NZ Art Show whānau

‘The NZ Art Show is a sophisticated event run by a tight-knit team of approachable professionals. As an emerging artist, the show has provided a welcoming platform for me to amplify my work to a nationwide audience. From start to finish the correspondence between artist and host is clear, fair, and welcomes feedback; it’s a shared curated experience.’ 

Lizzie Pannell, artist, Wellington.

‘I learnt so much . . .  the importance of how to sell and how not to sell your art in front of a crowd, meeting so many awesome supportive fellow artists/friends: everyone was so incredibly lovely and encouraging . . . What a community you have. I am now equipped with so much more knowledge I would never have had unless I was in this show.’ 
Fiona Whiting, artist, Tākaka
‘The NZ Art Show helps my artistic journey in two ways. Firstly, it serves as a substantial portion of my annual sales, providing the financial sustainability I need as a full-time artist. Secondly, it offers me an immediate and concentrated indication of what works and what doesn’t, as well as how the audience responds to my work, allowing me to receive valuable feedback.’
Ché Rogers, artist, New Plymouth


Art brings us so much joy, which is why  we love it so much, and the NZ Art Show connects the artists, art and art-lovers in a dynamic experience unequalled anywhere in Aotearoa.

One art purchase can lead to a life-time of collecting: many of our attendees have been with us since the beginning – attending and buying and building up their collections.  We’re delighted to have contributed to the collections of so many people who have enjoyed this journey with us.

With Napier artist Heather Wilson, it’s art, art and more art.


Thank you to all the Friends and Sponsors who support the show – you really are the backbone of New Zealand’s favourite art event. Some of you have been supporting the show for 20 years: essentially this is your show! We’ll let you know when 2024 memberships open, but if you would like to treat your clients at the Gala, the Art Party of the Year, then please get in touch with Carla to discuss sponsorship packages –

You can view our 2023 sponsors at the bottom of this page. Click here to view a list of our 2023 Friends.

Art by Napier artist Tony Harrington can be seen across the crowded room at the Gala.
‘The NZ Art Show was the first stepping stone on my journey to what has become a successful career as an artist following our immigration to New Zealand from South Africa in 2007.  My first show was in 2009 and subsequently I’ve exhibited every year since that.
A priority and a wonderful yearly commitment on my calendar.’ 
Angela Maritz, artist, Tauranga.

‘The amazing level of foot traffic through the door and how excited these people are for the show! Your advertising really hits home on a number of levels. The atmosphere generated within the show itself – the mood and music is the best, and conducive to that creative vibe.
I do consider it the best show in the country, and being part of the show has always been humbling.’

Samwell Warren, artist, Greymouth.


Artist applications for the 2024 NZ Art Show and the R.T Nelson Awards for Sculpture open in August – join our mailing lists to register your interest and receive reminders:


‘You have certainly created that family vibe feeling at the show, between yourselves, artists, and the staff you have working throughout the event. . .  I valued all the excited feedback I received and truly thank them for supporting events of this calibre, it really does lift standards and helps me aspire to greater things.’
Clinton Christian, artist, Hamilton.
Wellington artist Hannah Schickedanz contemplating her wall of art
“Gerry Parke’s art is . . . . .  thought-provoking.”
Wellington photographer and painter Bella Foster helps the next generation understand her art.
Friends and Sponsors all glammed up for the Gala Evening


 We’re looking forward to putting on another excellent show for you next year

Carla Russell, Midge Murray and Claire Cairns

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