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Community Events

NZ Art Show

Date: Wed Dec 27 – Mon Jun 4Time:

Heading into its 15th year, the NZ Art Show continues its reign of success: over 10,000 attendees each year cementing the show as New Zealand’s number 1 show of its kind; around $1 million dollars in art sales each year sees around $750,000 going back to the artists.

Applications for the 2018 show are now open and we are seeking contemporary artists with something fresh and interesting to offer art lovers. The show is one of the best platforms for artists to showcase their art to thousands of people; and it’s popular with art buyers as nothing is more than $5,000.

Artists can head to our website for all information about exhibition categories and exhibition fees,  and application form – our application process is very simple but it does include a small application fee.

Emergent 2018

Are you currently studying art at a recognised art school, or recently graduated? You might like to apply for our new initiative Emergent 2018

  • A special section dedicated to art students
  • Limited to 40 artists
  • Artists currently studying at a recognized art school, or recently graduated, are eligible
  • No fees to apply or exhibit – but commission on sales is 35%
  • You may apply for both Emergent 2018 AND the show itself

o   If selected for both, you may exhibit in both

  • All participating artists are automatically entered in the draw for one of the RT Nelson Emerging Artist Awards – four awards of $2,500

o   Established in 2012 by Wellington businessman and philanthropist RT Nelson


The RT Nelson Emerging Artist Award:

  • Four prizes of $2,500 for art students
  • Established in 2012 by Wellington businessman and philanthropist RT Nelson
  • Artists participating in Emergent 2018 are eligible for this award

Brendan Foot Signature Piece Art Award

  • Formerly the Signature Piece Art Award, we are fortunate to have the backing of Brendan Foot Supersite sponsoring the award.
  • Cash prize of $3,000 for the best artwork in the show as voted by the attendees
  • All artworks in the show are automatically entered in the draw for this award – no need to make a formal application
  • Just prior to the show opening to the public, the jury panel select their top ten artworks
  •  Attendees vote for their favourite from the top ten over the course of the weekend

Apply now to be a part of New Zealand’s largest and best-loved art show.

Please note that all applications go though a selection process, so making an application does not automatically guarantee entry into the show.

The Aesthetica Art Prize

Date: Tue Feb 6 – Fri Aug 31Time:

The Aesthetica Art Prize is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established artists to further their involvement in the art world. The award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by industry experts.

Enter for your chance to win £5,000 and showcase your work to wider audiences!

Categories for entry: Photographic & Digital Art; Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media and Video, Installation & Performance.

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2018. Visit:

ART CLASSES 2018 with Christine Lemin

13 Ormond Rd, Hospital Hill, NAPIER 4110

Date: Tue Feb 20 – Tue Aug 28Time: 12.45pm – 9.15pm

Christine Lemin 13 Ormond Rd, Hospital Hill, NAPIER 4110

06 835 8738      021 252 9798

Facebook: Christine Lemin Art

Hi to you all.  I hope you had a lovely break over Christmas and New Year and feel ready to pick up a paint brush and do some creating- of the artsy kind!

Classes begin Tues 20th  February – two classes:-

  1. Tuesday afternoon 12.45pm – 3.15pm
  2. Tuesday evening 6.45pm –  9.15pm

Currently there are 3 spaces left in each class. Please let me know asap with confirmation of which class you would like to attend.

McCahon House Artists' Residency Programme

See the website link below

Date: Thu Apr 19 – Fri Jun 15Time: Apply now! –

The McCahon House Trust is calling for applications from outstanding emerging and mid career professional visual artists for the McCahon House Artists’ Residency programme.

Three residencies, each of three months duration, are available between January 2019 and December 2019. The deadline for applications is Friday 15 June 2018.

For more information:

Napier I-Site Visitor Centre 'Amazing Locals Day'

Napier I-Site, Marine Parade, Napier.

Date: Sun Jun 3 – Sun Jun 3Time: 10am – 4pm

Welcome to our 5th “Amazing Locals Day” Event!                                                                   

To be held on Sunday 3rd June 2018

Back by popular demand – the Napier i-SITE Visitor Centre is holding it’s “Locals’ Day” again.

This event is all about creating a greater awareness of our i-SITE and the numerous tourism opportunities in Napier and around Hawke’s Bay. 

We need your help again this year please! We would like donations of tours, products, vouchers and anything that you would be happy to donate.

The donations and help we received over the previous four events helped make a truly memorable and exciting experience for all that attended. 

Our locals have great influence on their friends and family when they come to visit. Local residents recommend what they know, but can often miss out prime tourist attractions, activities and tours like your own.

By becoming involved in this event, we can promote your business to our locals who, in turn, can pass your information on to many more!

Our aim is to get people into the Napier i-SITE and expose them to the rich and diverse attractions & tours Hawkes Bay has to offer.  Our knowledgeable team are excellent ambassadors for your business and with your help we can make this a rewarding event for all.

The success of our event has grown with each year, and the feedback has been so positive we are not changing a lot.  The theme for the day remains as “AMAZING LOCALS DAY”. 

Teams of between 2 and 4 will take on the challenge of finding their way around Napier with the help of clues and questions. We aim to have loads of giveaways – spot prizes and an “amazing” major prize. 

Locals Day 2018 will be held on Sunday 3rd June (Queen’s Birthday Weekend) and will run from 11am to 1pm with prize giving at 1.30 pm.

We will be running quizzes and small competition.  There will be face painting, bouncy castles, and entertainment. Once the challenge is over, we will round off the event with a prize giving where we will be giving away numerous spot prizes and the ultimate “amazing” prize.

Sponsors and contributors will receive acknowledgment on our website, prize packaging, sponsors board & facebook depending on levels of contribution. 

Prizes will be for Individual Spot prizes, Team prizes and of course the Major Team Prize.

Small gifts, product vouchers, tour vouchers – what can you donate? 

Please acknowledge your support for our event by Monday 14th May 2018

Or, for more information contact Margy and Dawn on 8341911,

Swing Knitting Fingerless Gloves Workshop

Waiohiki Arts Village. Highway 50 , Taradale

Date: Sat Jun 9 – Sat Jun 9Time: 1pm – 4pm

Join tutor Elaine Macgregor

Class numbers limited to 10

contact Elaine 02102433325

Elaine will provide her hand dyed wool.

Please bring a pair of 4mm knitting needles

Cost $70

Felt Hat Workshop

Waiohiki Arts Village, Highway 50, Taradale

Date: Sat Jun 9 – Sat Jun 9Time: 9am – 12pm

Join tutors Kath O’Halloran and Elaine Macgregor

Saturday 9th June 2018

Class numbers limited to 10


To enrol Contact Elaine 02102433325

Kath 0210656488

They will provide all the materials and equipment.

You will leave with a hat

Learn To Write Good - Creative Writing Workshop

AMP Building, 1 Shakespeare Road, Napier 4110

Date: Sat Jun 30 – Sat Jun 30Time: 10am – 6pm

Poet and best selling author Dominic Hoey is running a one day creative writing workshop at The AMP building this June.

Entitled ‘Learn To Write Good’, the workshops covers the fundamentals of creative writing and is open to everyone from poets to song writers  to novelists.

Dominic has published two books of poetry and a best-selling novel, Iceland that was long listed for an Ockham book award 2017. $200/$100 unwaged or student.

For more info or to book a space email –


Art Expo Nelson

Trafalgar Centre, Nelson

Date: Fri Aug 31 – Sun Sep 2Time: 10am – 5pm

Calling all artists! Applications are now open for Art Expo Nelson 2018 (31 August-02 September 2018).  4500+ visitors, art prizes, public adoration and a promotional opportunity too good to miss.  For more information and to apply online go to:

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