2023 National Youth Art Awards

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Congratulations to the 2023 NYAA winners & finalists.

The Opening and Awards evening was held on Friday 28 July 2023 5.30-7.00pm to a packed gallery. Don’t miss viewing this stunning exhibition before it finishes on Saturday 12th August.

blue Gallery is open: Wed-Sat 11.30am-3pm

Below are the 2023 winners:

Overall Winner: Nyle Turuwhenua – ‘Mahi Wahine?”

1st Prize 20-25 years: Tristan Zhang – ‘This Old House’

Merit 20-25 years: Jessie Kanji -‘Kiosco x Art D Magia’

1st Prize 15-19 years Madeleine Cunliffe – ‘Uncanny Figures’

Merit 15-19 years: Hannah Huggan -‘We Glue The Flesh Torn Apart’

1st Prize 13-14 years: Jaycee Xinyu Ji -‘Once Upon A Whale Time’

Merit 13-14 years: Matai Reid -‘DISCARDED – 1’

Sculpture Winner: Esmae Salesa -‘Plastic’

Printmaking Winner: Peter McLellan – ‘Babushka – Ukraine’

Photography Winner: Isaiah Swann -‘Nakai galo e au a koe’

Thank you to our Judges, Tonia Geddes and Hollie Tawhaio for their selection from the 302 entries received.

Congratulations to our 2023 finalists:

Nathapat Rattanapornsompong
Weizhi Zhou
Hannah Zhou
Selena Li
Diane Fan
Jingyi Mei
Zihan Xia
Matai Reid
Esmeralda (Baohan) Zhao
Man Qin
Olive Ruddenklau
Juliet McGuire
15-19 years
Sophia Kilgour
Isabella Xu
Abigail Reid
Peter McLellan
Nikita Billington
Daniela Garcia Hoyos
Zoe Simonson
Katie Vincent
Chang Liu
Noah Bremner
Sarah Jamieson
Daniel Silsbee
Olivia Wang
Emma (Xiuqi) Li
Catherine (Xinran) Zhao
Zifei Zhou
Charlie Campbell
Dora Yi
Nat Kirk
Eddie Purdom
Audrey Goggin
nyle turuwhenua
Madeleine Cunliffe
Esmae Salesa
Zoe Rawdon
Hannah Huggan
Isaiah Swann
Amber Hayward
Bianca Enright
Isabella Aglioti
20-25 years
Sebastian Hart
Hannah Savage
Cindy Yi
Gabriel Renner
Jessie Kanji
Tristan Zhang
Ben Dellabarca
Nathan Wilson
Zakea Page

The National Youth Art Awards 2023 is hosted by the Waikato Society of Arts. The exhibition will be held at blue Gallery, 3 Anzac Parade, Hamilton with the Awards and Opening night on Friday, 28 July 2023 at 5.30pm. All mediums are encouraged to enter from ages 13 years to 25 years in 3 age categories. 13-14, 15-19 and 20-25 years.


Check out this document for lots of useful tips towards exhibiting: Preparing your work for Exhibition

Award Dates

Entries close 18 June 2023 All entrants notified as Finalists or not 27 June 2023 Delivery of artwork no later than 24 July 2023 Opening and Awards evening 28 July 2023 5.30-7.00pm Exhibition dates 29 July – 13 August 2023

Award Prizes

This Year's Judge:

Introducing our two Judges for the NZPPA 2023.
  Hollie Tawhaio-   Ko Taupiri tōku maunga. Ko Waikato tōku awa. Ko Tainui tōku waka. Ko Ngāti Tiipa tōku hapū. Ko Te Kotahitanga, Maurea nga marae. Ko Tapaue rāua ko Teresa ōku matua. Ko Hollie Tuhi Mareikura Tawhiao ahau. Nō kirikiriroa au.   I am a Kirikiriroa based multidisciplinary artist, writer, and toi advocate. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) from Elam, Post Graduate Diploma (Dist) in Museum Studies from Massey University and am currently completing my Masters in Contemporary Art with Wintec | Te Pūkenga under the supervision of Leafa Wilson and Tony Nicholls. I am currently Kaitiaki Mātangireia at the University of Waikato. My art practice stems from my lifetime of living with and learning toi whakairo in my father’s shed and from the unwavering support of my whānau. Currently my research looks at the development of our toi from the perspective of cumulative cultural evolution and the reality that our current practices as they stand are the foundation of future movements that could influence artistic and sociological cultural shifts. I enjoy exploring intangible boundaries, assumptions and conveniences and pulling them to the fore to reflect on the way they shape our experience and what they say about who we are.                                         Tonia Geddes – is the director of the Wallace Gallery in Morrinsville with many years prior experience teaching Visual Art at secondary school level. She holds a BFA from Canterbury University and was recently a finalist in the Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D Award 2022, the 2021 Fieldays No.8 Wire Competition and the 2020 NZ Painting and Printmaking Award. Tonia’s art practice includes both printmaking and painting and she has recently created ceramic pieces, as one half of Memento Mori Ceramics, for New Zealand film projects.

Hollie Tawhaio and Tonia Geddes

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