Rounding Up 2016


A huge thank you to the NZ Art Show community who helped make this year’s show the success it was: sponsors, friends, artists, staff, volunteers and – last but not least – to all of those who purchased art.

In the meantime, here’s a run-down of this year’ show, one of our most successful to date.

Admiring the art of Taranaki artist Douglas Reid

The 2016 NZ Art Show was a huge success

The 2016 NZ Art Show, held over Queens Birthday weekend, was a huge success, achieving record numbers. More than 11,000 art lovers descended on the show and around 1,700 artworks were sold, totalling more than $1.1 million in sales.

These record figures are encouraging, proving that the NZ Art Show is a huge success for Wellington and a great result for the New Zealand art scene.. Each year it is our challenge to build on our success of previous years and we continually seek new talent to engage and challenge the public.



Inspecting polar bear sculptures

Painting by Numbers – A Record Year

GALA ATTENDEES:             1,200

TOTAL ATTENDEES:          11,000
TOTAL ARTISTS:                    300
TOTAL ARTWORKS:            3,000
ARTWORKS SOLD:             1,700
SALES:                        $1,150,000
AVERAGE PRICE:                $650


Artists networking with an art lover

A night of art, music and fun – Gala Evening

 A sold-out Gala evening saw 1,200 people enjoying fine wine from Spy Valley Wines, boutique beer from the Panhead brewers, delicious canapes from Capitol Catering and live music from Wellington’s The Dancing and Drinking Society.

The best art party of the year.



Award Winners

Two awards, totalling $13,000, are offered by the New Zealand Visual Arts Trust, the RT Nelson Emerging Artist Award and the Brendan Foot Supersite Signature Piece Art Award. Artworks by the winners and finalists are presented at the NZ Art Show.

Pictured at right: The four recipients of the NZ Art Show Emerging Artist Award. L to R – Richard Nelson, the award’s sponsor, Tessa Ma’auga, Harry Culy, Taylor Jackson and Donna-Marie Patterson.



Glen Jorna, Friend of the NZ Art Show, enjoying the art at the launch

Prefab Hall – Launching the Show

Partners and Friends enjoyed an exclusive networking evening at Wellington’s hottest new venue, Prefab Hall.

200 guests were treated to fine wine from Spy Valley Wines, delicious canapes from the Prefab kitchen, fabulous art from 20 exhibitors and guest speaker David Foot, from Brendan Foot Supersite.




‘Look Up’, acrylic painting by online gallery artist Frances van Damme

The Show is Over But the Art Lives On – Online Gallery

View some more great NZ art online: loads of artists to discover, many of them were at this year’s show. Discover emerging talent and start or add to your collection all year round. Contact the artist directly from the site – purchase or commission an artwork
Buy NZ made: celebrate the wealth of talent New Zealand has to offer.


Carla Russell in Prefab Hall (Bronze Partner) at the launch

Behind the Scenes – The Main Players

The New Zealand Affordable Art Trust is the governing body behind the show’s operations. The Trustees are Graeme Reeves (Chair), Fraser Carson, Richard Nelson, Neil Paviour-Smith, Neil Plimmer, Frances Russell and Anne Stephenson. Jo Hughes has been a long serving member of the board and we would like to acknowledge her services to the arts.  Jo Hughes leaves the board this year,
A huge thank you to the Friends Committee, headed by Jane Hart, for breathing some new life into this wonderful group of art enthusiasts.
Executive Director and Event Team:  Wild Ideas, headed by Carla Russell and her team Midge Murray and Bryony Lane.


2017: Save the Date

Start planning now for the 2017 show, which will take place on Queen’s Birthday weekend, June 2 -5, at Wellington’s TSB Arena. We’ll see you there.


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