2023 NZ Painting and Printmaking Awards

2023 NZPPA Book Cover (1) 2023 NZPPA Catalogue 2023 NZPPA Endpapers (1)

Firstly, we need to thank our incredible sponsors for these Award Prizes. Our Main sponsors towards the two $15000 Print and Paint prizes are Print Council Aotearoa NZ, Chow Hill Architects, Susie and Cliff Allen and Vision Complete Earthworks and Golden Homes. Nancy Caiger is the sponsor for the $2000 Paint Merit award and Ruth Davey is our sponsor for the Print Merit award. Along with sponsorship from SCG Hamilton for the catalogue printing and Hamilton City Council for advertising.

As importantly, we need to say a huge thank you to our Judges, Dr. Carole Shepheard and Evan Woodruffe. Your mahi while taking on this role has been efficient, knowledgeable and professional and we thank you for all your time.

The 2023 NZPPA exhibition will run from 15 April to 23 April, 2023 and is free to the public.


Sam Mitchell
Jennie de Groot
Garry Currin
T M Wootten
Rebecca Moore
Nicol Sanders-O’Shea
Cora-Allan Lafaiki Twiss
Luca Nicholas
Mark Dustin
Marie Brunskill
Joon-Hee Park
Christian Dimick
Tony Guo
Geoff McGowan
Jacqueline Aust
Kirstin Carlin
Mark Graver
Joanna Fieldes
Hamish Oakley-Browne
Cap Jacobs
Carolyn Currie
Faith McManus
Kathryn Stevens
Jay Allen
Brett a’Court
Rosemary Mortimer
Erin-Monique O’Brien
Jo Giddens
Kai Tee
Yasmin Dubrau
Zara Dolan
Holly Roach
Tim Thatcher
Reece King
Esther Hansen
Vanessa Edwards
Lisa Feyen
Graham Hall
Beverly Rhodes
Robyn Gibson
Krystie Wade
Marci Tackett
Jennifer Halli
Kirsty Black
Duane Moyle
Tonia Geddes
Kathleen Boyle
Ellie Lee-Duncan
Paul Darragh
Mark Raymer
Cara Fotofili
Deborah Crowe
Struan Hamilton
Kate Symmans
Belinda Griffiths
Michaela Stoneman
Katie Blundell
Michael Greaves
Susan Rhodes

We received 417 entries into this award and we want to say thank you to all the artists for their skill and dedication in getting their work in on time for judging.

Our judges contended with a record number of entries this year, making their finalist selection a tightly managed task. 60 finalists have been chosen to exhibit at the Verandah, Hamilton Lake. Opening night is April 14 @ 5.30pm. This is a free entry with canapes and your first drink free.

There will be Judge’s talks from 10.30am on Saturday, April 15 at the venue. This is a free event. Come and hear from the Judges themselves about their thoughts on the art works exhibited and why they chose the award winners.

This is the Waikato Society of Arts main fundraiser of the year, as a not for profit organisation, so please come along and support the artists and our Society by purchasing from this exhibition of New Zealand Painters and Printmakers.

Award Dates

Entries open 1 October 2022 Entries close 8 February 2023 Entrants notified 21 February 2023 Awards and Opening 14 April 2023 Exhibition 15 April to 23 April 2023

Award Prizes

Main Prize Print Award $15000 Main Prize Paint Award $15000 Ruth Davey Merit in Print Award $2000 Nancy Caiger Merit in Paint Award $2000 Gordon Harris Art Supplies People’s Choice Award $1000

This Year's Judge:

Dr Carole Shepheard is an artist based in Kāwhia, Waikato where she runs Te Puti Studio to teach and work in.  Best known for her printmaking, her work is held in national and international collections and she is presently working towards print exhibitions in Auckland and Australia. Carole enjoys being part of a small community and puts particular value on the work being done by artists in places often outside large cities. Carole retired from her position as Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland in 2006, has a Doctorate in Fine Arts and in 2002 was made an ONZM. www.caroleshepheard.com Evan Woodruffe is an artist based in Tamaki Makaurau Auckland, and exhibits throughout the Asia-Pacific region, with work in significant collections in Singapore, Australia, China, the USA, and New Zealand. Writer Lucinda Bennett referred to his works as Wet Maps, “living, breathing ecosystems, and visualisations of a new kind of urbanism”. Evan has MFA (1st Class) from Elam, and is a long-standing supporter of the visual arts, not only as an artist, but as a collector, sponsor, teacher, and advocator. He has run Akepiro Street Studios, home to over a dozen artists, since 2008, and is a regular contributor to community events. http://www.evanwoodruffe.com

Dr Carole Shepheard and Evan Woodruffe

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