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Adam Portraiture Award - www.portraitgallery.org.nz
The Adam Foundation sponsors a biennial award for portraiture. A conditon of the Adam Award is that the The New Zealand Portrait Gallery gets the winner of the Competition for its own collection.  
Christchurch Art Show - www.chchartshow.co.nz
South Island's new premiere art sales event based in the resilient heart of Christchurch city. Our event is a stellar opportunity for new, emerging and established artists to showcase and sell their works in a three day art extravaganza in June.
Cranleigh Barton Drawing Award - www.christchurchartgallery.org.nz
The Cranleigh Barton Drawing Award is one of New Zealand's most prestigious drawing competitions. Established in 1993 to recognise excellence in drawing and to raise its status within visual arts education and practice, this biennial award is made possible through the legacy of Canterbury watercolourist Cranleigh Barton (1890-1975).
Cultural Sector Awards - Ministry for Culture & Heritage - www.mch.govt.nz
The Ministry administers a range of awards and funds, and provides information about the main awards available in the cultural sector. 
Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award - www.waikatomuseum.co.nz
The Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award is a national competition where entrants create a sculptural art piece out of No.8 wire. The award has a total prize pool of $10,000 which is sponsored by New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays.
Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Awards - www.glaisterennor.co.nz
The Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Awards were initiated to help upcoming artists and are open to any graduate of an Auckland Art School who has not exhibited more than 2 works in any one show.
Lysaght Watt Trust Art Awards
Annual Open Competition. Lysaght Watt Trust Art Award is to recognise and acknowledge artistic talent. Open to 2D and 3D.
Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award- www.mollymorpethcanaday.co.nz
The Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award is held annually in conjunction with Summer Arts events in Whakatane. Entries are invited from the disciplines of "Painting" and or "Drawing" in any medium. 
National Contemporary Art Award - www.waikatomuseum.co.nz
The National Contemporary Art Award is an opportunity for New Zealand artists to appear in an overview of national artistic practice and feature in a major exhibition within the Waikato Museum. The winner receives $15,000.
New Zealand Art Show - www.artshow.co.nz 
The New Zealand Art Show encourages New Zealanders to celebrate our identity and culture by buying local art. 
New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award - www.wsa.org.nz
Regarded as one of the country's most prestigious art awards, the $15,000 prize is donated to the Waikato Society of Arts by the Philip Vela Family Trust, who in addition, purchase the winning work. The Vela family are building an important collection, which they intend to exhibit in the future.
North Shore City Art Award - www.mairangiarts.co.nz
The awards celebrate our varied experiences of, and traditional links with, the extensive New Zealand coastal environment. The competition is for a two dimensional work relating to the coastline, coastal settlement, flora, fauna, the sea, marine life, or maritime activity.
Olivia Spencer Bower Award - www.oliviaspencerbower.org.nz
The general purpose is to encourage and promote New Zealand artists and sculptors with particular emphasis on future artistic potential rather than financial need. It was Olivia's specific objective to assist New Zealand artists and sculptors with talent so they could devote their energies, on a full time basis for a twelve month period, to painting and sculpture freed from the necessity to seek outside employment.
Original Art Sale - www.theoriginalartsale.co.nz
The Original Art Sale is one of the largest sales of art in New Zealand and has several thousand pieces of art sourced from across the New Zealand art community, available at it's 3 day event.
Parkin Drawing Award - www.parkinprize.org.nz
The Parkin Drawing Prize is valued at $20,000 and is Aotearoa New Zealand’s premier award for drawing. It promotes drawing in all its forms – as discovery, a testing of ideas, and decision making.
Taranaki Art Awards - www.taranakiartawards.co.nz
In recognition of the success of an intimate, creative annual art review and the appreciation of local New Zealand artists, the coastal Taranaki village, Opunake, presents the recently renamed art competition, The Taranaki Art Awards!
Waiheke Walker and Hall Art Award - www.waihekeartgallery.org.nz
In association with the Waiheke Community Art Gallery and Walker and Hall, this event provides an opportunity for artists to participate in an award that promotes excellence in the arts.
The Trusts Art, Sculpture and Photography Awards - www.waitakerearts.com
These prestigious awards have been run by the Waitakere Central Community Arts Council (WCCAC) for 29 years and provide an amazing platform for the recognition of both established and emerging artists from around New Zealand. This exhibition attracts well-known and respected judges. Future advertising opportunities available: Waitakere Arts Exhibition in March 2016/The 30th Trusts Art Exhibition in October 2016 : Screen advertising or award sponsorship.
Wallace Art Awards - www.wallaceartstrust.org.nz
Awards for contemporary painting, sculpture, drawing and unique photography to encourage the visual arts in New Zealand and in particular to reward those producing outstanding work with educational grants.
Walters Prize - www.aucklandartgallery.govt.nz
Named in honour of artist Gordon Walters, the Walters prize was established in 2002 by founding benefactors and principal donors Erika and Robin Congreve and Jenny Gibbs to make contemporary art a more widely recognised and debated feature of New Zealand cultural life. Held every 2 years, the $50,000 Walters Prize, modelled on the Tate Britain's Turner Prize, is awarded for an outstanding contribution to contemporary art in New Zealand.

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