NZ Painting and Printmaking Award – 2021

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N.B. All entries received before 31 August 2021 have the option to change their entry if they wish. Please contact Julie at the WSA –

All finalists and non-finalists will be notified by 17 February 2022

Work to be delivered to the Pavilion, Hamilton Gardens on the 4th, 5th and 6th of April, no later.


Entries for the 21st NZPPA will be opening online from the 1st of August 2021. The Awards and Opening evening, along with the exhibition, will be held at the Hamilton Gardens in the Pavilion.

NZPPA ENTRY FORM Updated 31 August 2021 Final

Cyanotypes and Photograms do not meet the Printmaking criteria.

We are excited to have new sponsors joining our very generous current sponsors and are humbled by their commitment to this prestigious New Zealand award.

NZPPA 2021 sponsors

Nancy Caiger $1000 Paint Award

Golden Homes $2000 Paint Award

Print Council Aotearoa NZ $1000 Print Award

Ruth Davey $2000 Print Award

Gordon Harris $500 People’s Choice Award

Main Prize $20000 –

Chow Hill $5000

Kim Maley & Jenny Ferneyhough $5000

Bustle $5000

Graham & Elizabeth Robinson $5000


Award Dates

  • Entries open online – 1st August 2021
  • Entries close – 7th February 2022
  • Finalists notified – 17th February 2022
  • Judging, Opening and Awards – 8 April, 2022
  • Exhibition 9 April to 19th April, 2022

Award Prizes

  • People’s Choice Award $500
  • Paint Award $1000
  • Print Award $1000
  • Merit Paint Award $2000
  • Ruth Davey Merit Print Award $2000
  • Major Prize Award $20,000

This Year's Judge:

We are so pleased to announce our Judge this year is Dr. Ed Hanfling. Ed is a Doctor of Philosophy with a First Class Honours in Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Arts History. His current roles are as a Lecturer in Art History and Theory at Dunedin School of Art with Otago Polytechnic. He also works as an External assessor for Ara Institute of Canterbury, University of Auckland on MA theses/dissertations and is an External moderator with Wintec, in Hamilton His research encompasses activities within and between the disciplines of art history and art criticism. He has published books and articles on modernist abstract art in New Zealand and internationally (particularly on Milan Mrkusich, Roy Good, Mervyn Williams and Morris Louis), and his writings also investigate theories and issues of judgement, value and the canon. He has contributed regular reviews and articles to Art New Zealand since 2004, and written extensively, in catalogues and books, on the work of New Zealand painter Ian Scott and printmaker Anthony Davies. Below is Dr. Hanfling’s current research projects: – Book on the ‘Unfurled’ paintings of American modernist abstract painter Morris Louis – Update to Docking, Dunn and Hanfling, 250 Years of New Zealand Painting (David Bateman) – Reviews and articles for Art New Zealand – Article ‘An Affect Alien in Aotearoa: Diane Prince and the Flag Controversy’, Third Text (forthcoming) SELECTED PUBLICATIONS Books: – Parallel Universe: The Art and Design of Roy Good, Auckland: Te Uru, 2018. – Mervyn Williams: From Modernism to the Digital Age, Auckland: Ron Sang, 2014. – Pictures They Want to Make: Recent Auckland Photography, (co-author: Chris Corson-Scott), Auckland: PhotoForum, 2013. – 240 Years of New Zealand Painting, (co-authors: Gil Docking & Michael Dunn), Auckland: David Bateman, 2012. – Mrkusich: The Art of Transformation, (co-author: Alan Wright), Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2009. Articles and chapters: – ‘Happily Difficult: Anthony Davies and the Politics of Print’, in Anthony Davies, As the Situation Unfolds: Anthony Davies – A Survey of Works 2007-16, Whanganui: Hotspur Studio, 2017. – ‘Feminists and Formalists’, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Art, Vol. 14, Issue 2, 2014, pp. 183–198. – Entries on Rita Angus, Bill Culbert, Don Driver and New Zealand III: Painting and Graphic Arts, 1900 and after, Grove Art Online, New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.– ‘Morris Louis in Australia and New Zealand’, Burlington Magazine, No. 1281, Vol. CLI, December 2009, pp. 830-835.

Dr. Ed Hanfling

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