New Zealand Painting & Printmaking Award – 2020

The Finalists have been chosen from a record number of 408 entries.


Mark Dustin

Alexis Neal

Tori Beeche

Mark Graver

Graham Hall

Meg Wilson

Jennie de Groot

Antony Densham

Laura Williams

Krystie Wade

Celia Walker

Fiona van Oyen

Yonel Watene

Beth Charles

Merthyr Ruxton

Cat Fooks

Lesley Knight

Stella Corkery

Kitty Fehlmann

Tonia Geddes

Luca Nicholas

Alan Ibell

Kristy Gorman

Terri Greenem

David Brown

Nadia Gush

Amanda Wilkinson

Michaela Stoneman

Janna van Hasselt

Tira Walsh

Marci Tackett

Oliver Cain

Reece King

Matthew Browne

Steve Lovett

Niki Hill

Fiona Lee Graham

Natchez Hudson

Peter McLaren

Yvonne Abercrombie

Olivia Chamberlain

Stephanie Postles

Deborah Moss

Eliot Coates

Rachel Peary

Cathy Tuato’o Ross

Belinda Griffiths

Frances Rood

Jennifer Huebert

Lauren Drescher

Michael Ebel

Geoff McGowan

Rebecca Wallis

Marie Strauss

Jolene Pascoe


Since 2002, WSA has organised the NZPPA to promote New Zealand art and to support NZ artists in the fields of painting and printmaking.

In 2020 we are partnered with Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology), who will provide the exhibition space: The Atrium at their Hamilton campus.

Convenor for the 2020 NZ Painting and Printmaking Award is Laree Payne (Director of Weasel Gallery, Hamilton).

Award Dates

  • Finalists notified on 31 August 2020 by 4pm
  • Opening and Awards are held on Friday, 2 October 2020, at 5.30pm in The Atrium, Wintec, Hamilton
  • The exhibition will be viewable on Saturday 3, Sunday 4 and Monday 5 from 10am -4pm
  • Nicol Sanders-O’Shea from the Print Council Aotearoa NZ will be presenting a talk on Saturday morning beginning at 10am

Award Prizes

  • $20,000 main prize for either a painting or a print, generously supplied by the award’s principle sponsor, The Vela Family Trust.
  • $2000 Ruth Davey Merit in Printmaking Award, a new prize celebrating the contribution of this important Waikato printmaker.
  • $2000 Brian Perry Charitable Trust Painting Award, a new prize to recognise the outstanding work of a rising NZ artist.
  • $1000 Print Council Aotearoa New Zealand Merit in Printmaking Award. PCANZ is a member-run, national, nonprofit organisation that promotes contemporary fine art printmaking.
  • $1000 Wintec Media Arts Merit in Painting Award.
  • $500 People’s Choice Award from Gordon Harris. This prize is a gift card to use in any of the Gordon Harris art supply stores.

This years NZPPA Judge

Curator of New Zealand Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. She holds a BA (First Class Honours) University of Otago (2005), Masters of Museum and Heritage Studies from Victoria University (2009), and an MA (First Class Honours) University of Auckland (2017). Her expertise is well aligned with the demands of the award – to be knowledgeable in both paint and print.

Julia Waite

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