NZ Art Show Offers $10,000 to Art Students

$10,000 is available to art students thanks to Wellington art philanthropist, Richard T. Nelson.

The 2018 NZ Art Show is promising to be an art collector’s delight with the introduction of Emergent.  Artworks from up to 40 art students and recent graduates will be on exhibition and four of them will receive the RT Nelson Emerging Artist Award, a cash award of $2,500 each. Emergent is an extension to the already popular NZ Art Show in Wellington.

The artists hail from New Zealand’s best art schools including Elam School of Fine Arts, Massey University College of Creative Arts, Ilam School of Fine Art and Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design. All artwork will be available for the public to view and purchase

Carla Russell, the Executive Director of the annual NZ Art Show, says it is a unique opportunity for emerging artists to showcase and sell their work to keen collectors.

‘The artwork I’ve seen from the artists who have been selected to date is stunning,’ says Russell, ‘The show’s attendees are going to be spoilt for choice.’


[one_half][/one_half][one_half_last]Image: Estranged from Family, photograph by Brittany Taigen. Brittany, who is graduating from Massey University College of Creative Arts, has been selected for Emergent 2018.[/one_half_last]


The award’s benefactor, Richard Nelson, understands the challenges students face when they graduate, and he sees Emergent 2018 and the award as a way to assist these artists in the early stages of their career.

The RT Nelson 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 emerging artists’ exhibition area; participants are now regarded as hot property and they enjoy successful exposure and sales.

Russell is quick to acknowledge the role that art schools play in developing a unique Kiwi voice.

‘It’s important to recognise their important contribution to Aotearoa’s artistic landscape,‘ says Russell. ‘It’s great to see the depth and rich diversity that our art schools foster and I see Emergent 2018 as the perfect way to celebrate their achievements.’

Art students who have been involved with previous NZ Art Show Emerging Artist Awards and who have gone on to enjoy further success and recognition are Holly Zanbergen (Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic), Toby Raine (Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University) and Donna Marie Patterson (University of Canterbury’s Ilam School of Fine Arts)

Heading into its 15th year, the NZ Art Show is New Zealand’s largest curated art sale of New Zealand art and showcases thousands of artworks by hundreds of New Zealand artists. The 2018 show will take place over Queen’s Birthday weekend, June 1 – 4, with an opening Gala Evening preceding the show on Thursday, May 31.

The NZ Art Show is accepting applications for Emergent: all information and the artist application form can be found on the NZ Art Show website.

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A number of other artists selected for Emergent 2018












Artist: Maisie Blackwood

Art School: College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wellington

Artwork: ‘Ranunculus’, photograph. [/one_third][one_third]

Artist: Ruth Perese

Art School: Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University

Artwork: ‘The Northern Club’, acrylic on canvas’


Artist: Bonco

Art School: Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University

Artwork: ‘Trip’, oil on canvas





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