National Youth Art Award 2020

Gordon Harris People’s Choice Award

Thank you to everyone who entered and supported our National Youth Art Awards for 2020.

Our prize giving for the National Youth Art Awards was held last night, September 24th, what a great turn out. Thank you to all of you who could attend.

Congratulations to Victoria Miles, who won the Gordon Harris People’s Choice Award for her work “Art Angel”. This work took Victoria 6 months to complete with an air brush. It truly is stunning.

Congratulations to the prize winners:

Young Emerging Artist 13-14 years – Danae Nasmith – Life In Miniature

PCANZ Print Prize – Alyssa Sayers – The Mysterious Underneath

Merit 15-19 years – Nyle Turuwhenua – Wairua Kakahu

Highly Commended 15-19 years – Ben Westwood – Wreckage

Main Prize 15-19 years – Eli Molloy-Wolt – Utopian World (Sponsored by Midland MRI)

Merit 20-25 years – Georgia Arnold – In The Park, 2020

Highly Commended 20-25 years – Hannah Ireland – Erasure

Main Prize 20-25 years – Gavin Chai – Interior No. 9 (Sponsored by Midland MRI)


The finalists were:


  • 15-19 years old
  • Fabian Strauch
  • Madeleine Cunliffe
  • Ko LohrerPep RoongnirandonFrankie VegasAderyn-Carol PantonPayge OvenstoneRose HirdPoppy Campbell

    Monica Faumui

    Molly Simes

    Lauren Bell

    Jorja Perko

    John Cheng Yi Xie

    Tam Yuen Ying

    Christina Xiao

    Ben Westwood

    Amelia Newhouse

    Hyerin Cho

    Zoe Bracegirdle

    Amy Barnes

    Athena Lyu

    Abigail Blewden

    Nyle Turuwhenua

    Blake Moulder-Aitken

    William Parrott

    Tessa Barry

    Johanna Vreede

    Odin Roberts

    Jenique Labuschagne

    Jason Jiang

    Nicola Walsh

    Bonny Koehn-Turton

    Eli Molloy-Wolt

    20-25 years old

  • Georgia Arnold
  • Hannah IrelandLexi KerrGavin ChaiVictoria Miles
  • New age category for 13-14 years old Emerging Artist Award.
  • Ella Adams
  • Katie Li
  • Yeon Seo KimDanae SmithAlyssa Sayers
  • Alysse Klages-Bowskill


This year’s NYAA 2020 Judges:

Stuart Bridson   


I have been making art all my life and studied for six years, gaining a Master in Fine Arts at the Canterbury University. I am a conceptual artist mostly working in sculpture and painting. I also work at the Waikato Museum as a preparator.

Gaye Jurisich

Gaye Jurisich was born in Rotongaro near Huntly, she is now a proud Hamiltonian and has lived all her life in rural and semi-rural landscapes, she says this informs her practice.

“My career has been driven by the abstract foundations. By using materials that transform and react with each other I can create surfaces that push and pull and define my ambiguous process. I alternate between erasing and drawing, wiping away and adding, as the works reveal various cycles of compositions, in a complex mix of gestures and intrusions. Sometimes only ghosts and impediments remain leaving just a trace of my action”.

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Award Dates

  • Opening and Awards evening 17th September @ 5.30pm in conjunction with WAIPRINT 2020 at the ArtsPost galleries, 120 Victoria Street, Hamilton
  • Exhibition runs from 11 September to 12th October 2020.

Award Prizes

15-19 years and 20-25 years
  • Main Prizes sponsored by Midland MRI
  • $2000 each of the two categories
  • Merit Prize $500 each of the two categories
  • Highly Commended Prize $500 each of the two categories
  • PCANZ Print Award $500
  • People’s Choice Award $250
  New category 13-14 years
  • Emerging Artist Award $250

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