New Zealand Painting & Printmaking Award – 2020

Update (26th March): After serious consideration, the 2020 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award has been postponed due to the rapidly changing environment we are facing as a result of COVID-19. Although this is disappointing in some respects, postponing the national event means that everyone will have more time, no one will be impacted by the closure of all non-essential businesses (art supply stores, picture framers etc) and most importantly, the event itself will be safe for all to attend.

We have consulted with all key stakeholders and are pleased to announce that the new dates for the 2020 NZPPA have been updated below.


Entries are already open and will remain open


*Those who have already entered the award (for applications received before 26 March only), you can either leave your entry as it is, or withdraw your entry and re-enter before the closing date. If you choose to withdraw your entry, credit will be held for your following entry, no refunds will be given.

We are very pleased to be able to continue with the 2020 NZPPA and want to thank all artists and stakeholders for bearing with us during these challenging times.

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).

Please read the criteria carefully.

Award Dates

  • Entries open now
  • Entries close 7 August 2020 @ 11.59pm
  • 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
  • Exhibition closes Tuesday, 5 October 2020, at 5pm

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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