Estuary Art Awards – 10th Anniversary

The only contemporary art prize in Aotearoa New Zealand with ecology at its core. Artists are invited to research and respond to the Tāmaki Estuary, to underscore the ecological value of this vital waterway and encourage action against its pollution. With a total prize pool of $8,300 the winning artworks will be intelligent and innovative responses to ecology in the field of contemporary art.


Download the application form here:  PDF or Word


Entries close Sunday 19 June 2016, midnight

Opening and Awards Ceremony

Thursday 28 July 2016, 6:30 pm


JON BYWATER teaches at Elam School of Fine Arts, the University of Auckland, and is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s foremost contemporary art critics. His writing on art and music has appeared in national publications including Art New Zealand, Landfall, The Listener and Reading Room, and in British and American periodicals such as Afterall, Artforum, e-Flux, Frieze, Mute, and Wire, as well as numerous monographs and catalogues. In the past ten years, he was curator of the inaugural Arts Foundation New Generation Award, has served twice as a Walters Prize juror, and as judge of the National Contemporary Art Award hosted by Waikato Museum.


First Prize: $5,000

Second Prize: $2,000

People’s Choice: $1,000
As voted by exhibition attendees, and announced at the Fo Guang Shan
Buddhist Temple opening of Estuary Art Awards 10th Anniversary.

Two Merit Awards: $150 Gordon Harris Gift Voucher

Estuary Art Awards 10th Anniversary is generously funded by the Auckland Council’s Howick Local Board and supported by Gordon Harris.

Public Programme

Includes a Tamaki Estuary clean up day, an exclusive judge’s tour of the exhibition, and a botanical illustration class of endangered estuarine plants. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for more details.

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