What You’ll Discover At This Year’s Show

There’s going to be a whole lot of art goodness this year so, come, immerse yourself in New Zealand’s longest-running and favourite art show of its kind.
What’s in store? In addition to the art sale of thousands of artworks by talented Kiwi artists, you’ll also get to enjoy the following:

People’s Choice Art Award – $3,000
Sponsored by Brendan Foot Supersite

This award was introduced in 2009 and established a new standard for the quality of the artworks featured in the show.  Every year our judges view all the artworks in the show and select the10 artworks they consider to be the best. Art enthusiasts eagerly anticipate what the finalists artworks will be and attendees enjoy trying to decide which is their favourite one. We look forward to seeing you trying to make up your mind! 

Ngā mihinui Brendan Foot Supersite who has been sponsoring this award since 2018. 

In collaboration with Brendan Foot Supersite, there will be some fabulous initiatives to enhance your art experience and to further support artists beyond the show. So, come to the show for your chance to win!

Below are some previous finalists:

‘Love Returned’ by Jane Blackmore, winner of the 2022 People’s Choice Art Award

Ben Reid
Christian Nicolson
Nikki Corbishley

R.T Nelson Awards for Sculpture – $20,000

Richard T Nelson has been sponsoring awards at our show since 2012. With these sculpture awards, we’re proud to work with Richard to showcase the diversity of small-scale sculptures and to celebrate New Zealand’s rich and diverse sculpture community.

53 outstanding artworks are vying for the these awards and they will all be revealed at the show. The winners will be announced at the VIP Preview on Thursday June 1 and the exhibition will be open to the public on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd. Please note that the exhibition will not be open on Sunday.

Here are some examples by a small number of the finalists: Vicki Charles, Di Tocker, Kathryn Bartlett, Renate Verbrugge and Steph Lusted.

Come celebrate art and artists

Over the last 20 years we are proud to have represented around 5,000 artists, a wonderfully creative community who have formed an essential and vibrant part of the show’s tapestry, bringing their own distinctive styles, perspectives, and stories to the show.

Nearly 200 artists will be showcasing their artistry, with 90 of them on-site for the whole weekend. Come meet the artists as they share their inspiration behind their artworks.

This year a select number of artists will be showcasing a small collection of works over $5,000 – we are proud of their achievements and this is a way of supporting them in their success and pushing their creative boundaries.

Nicola Jackson hanging her artwork

Forsyth Barr offers world-class investment services here in New Zealand, delivering innovative financial services and investment opportunities, supported by award-winning local and global research.

They’ve been helping New Zealanders grow and manage their wealth since 1936 and they remain a NZ and staff-owned, independent business.

Brendan Foot Supersite car dealership have been sponsoring the show since 2010. They provide us with two vehicles to help us leading up to and during the show: this year we’re zipping around in the including the very cool, fully electric GWM Ora (pictured below), and they sponsor the People’s Choice Award.

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.

If this sounds like you, contact us now.

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