The NZ Art Show: a story worth sharing

The NZ Art Show celebrates New Zealand art and its artists.

There’s a wealth of creative talent in Aotearoa and our vision is for every Kiwi to own a piece of New Zealand art… and we are delighted with the thousands of art lovers embracing quality original art created here at home.

The NZ Art Show tells New Zealand’s story through the works of our numerous and gifted artists.

About us… 16 years of exhibiting NZ art…

Since it began in 2004, the NZ Art Show has delighted New Zealanders with its expansive range of art.

The show, the first and most reputable of its kind, makes it easy for any New Zealander to own a piece of original art: the artworks are contemporary, accessible, collectible, and most importantly, affordable. The NZ Art Show is proud to represent a multitude of artists and to be a true representative of New Zealand’s diverse and unique artistic community.

As leaders in our field, we have been a finalist twice in the Wellington Gold Awards, and Executive Director Carla Russell was also a finalist for Wellingtonian of the Year, Arts Category.

The results

In its 16 years of operation, the NZ Art Show has proven to be a substantial contributor to New Zealand’s art scene, and the following statistics illustrate the show’s significance.

  • $13 million of art sold
  • 22,000 artworks sold
  • 4,000 NZ artists represented
  • $115,000 presented to artists through award programmes

The 2019 NZ Art Show

Nearly 200 artists have been selected for the show: 60 are brand new and promise fresh new talent. A broad range of media and styles will be represented and will include glass, bronze, ceramic and wood sculptures, photographic and original prints, and oil, acrylic, and watercolour paintings. A range of non-conventional media will also be exhibited including feather art, pyrography and encaustic.

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An art collectors delight

The 2019 NZ Art Show is promising to be an art collector’s delight with 15 finalists in the running for the RT Nelson Emerging Artist Awards which offer four prizes of $2,500. These artists are currently studying at, or have recently graduated from a New Zealand art school.

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Awarding the artists

A total of $14,500 in art awards is available to participating artists. In addition to the RT Nelson Emerging Artist Award we are proud to offer two more awards:

The People’s Choice Art Award sponsored by Brendan Foot Supersite: 10 finalists will compete for the $3,000 prize. The winner is decided by the attending public who vote over the course of the weekend.

Signature Promotions Art Award: 2 awards totalling $1,500 are available to participating on-site artists.

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The show—Queen’s Birthday Weekend

Gala Evening – Thursday, May 30: The Art Party of the Year enjoyed by 1,200 guests. To celebrate the opening of the show we kick off with a fun-filled evening of live music, delicious cocktail food, fine wine and New Zealand art. SOLD OUT

Show Days – May 31 – June 3: Daily from 10 am. Four days of art, art and more art. The exhibition changes daily as artworks are rotated on a regular basis as they sell.

ASB – a longstanding partnership

ASB has supported the show since the beginning – this important partnership gave the NZ Art Show a solid foundation on which to build and grow. To be aligned with such a reputable organisation also gives other sponsors the confidence that they are supporting a prestigious event.

We are in good company

The NZ Art Show team embraces the challenge to attract and retain sponsor support by improving the event year after year and enhancing the NZ Art Show experience.

The NZ Art Show is now supported by some of Wellington’s most admired, respected and progressive companies.

Support from the community

Our family of supporters—Sponsors and Friends—are integral to the success of the show. Their support is an endorsement of the show’s value and we are extremely proud to have them by our side.
See who our Sponsors and Friends are here and here.

Who are we?

It takes a great team to put on a great show—

Wild Ideas Event Management is that team.

  • Carla Russell—Executive Director: Carla has shaped the course of the show in its 16-year history. In 2016 she was a finalist for Wellingtonian of the Year, Arts Category, for her work with the show.
  • Julie Reeves—Marketing: Julie is new to the NZ Art Show and has a background in advertising.
  • Midge Murray—Artist Liaison: Midge comes from a creative background and this will be her 15th year with the show.

NZ Art Show Board: Anne Stephenson (Chair), David Foot, Frances Russell, Jane Hart, Jo Hughes and Neil Paviour-Smith.

What people are saying about us…

“We’re impressed by how the event bridges emerging talent with the NZ public, not just art collectors.”

“A highlight in our calendar every year. Fantastic selection of emerging NZ talent and extremely well organised. I recommend having a look but be prepared to fall in love with an artwork (or two)”

“Thanks to the NZ Art Show for your support and for providing such a wonderful platform for my art – I didn’t want the weekend to end!”

“My friend came down from Napier to see my art, and even though I had sold out by the time she got there, she spent 4.5 hours at the show! She said it was the most creative, and most beautiful example of lots of art in one room she had ever seen in her life – she ‘bloody’ loved it”

Some of the artists exhibiting in this year’s show

Artists represented here:

Tanya Blong, Paula Petherick, RUNA + HOLLY, Chad Bevan, roOm, Esther Deans, Michael Payne, Tim Christie, Don Service, Monique Richards, Weiyang Zhang, Vivian Jin, Adam James, Anita Gate, Che Rogers, Kate Charles, Tessa Maauga, Angela Maritz, Ilan Wittenberg, Nikki Corbishley, Jane Blackmore, Juliet Best, Gitte Eklund-Short,  Rosie Ralph

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