Rotorua Museum Art Awards entries close soon

Friday, 20 September 2019

With the deadline fast approaching, Bay of Plenty artists need to get their entries in soon to be in to win part of the $14,000 prize pool in the 2019 Rotorua Museum Art Awards.

Entries close on 30 September at 5pm with artworks to be delivered on 6 or 7 October for judging. This year artworks in any medium are welcomed including, for the first time, digital/moving image.

Rotorua Museum Operations Manager, Cat Jehly, is looking forward to seeing the range of artworks arrive.

“Traditional mediums like painting, drawing, carving and weaving are always strongly represented however over more recent years we have seen innovative artworks made from teabags, paint skins, woven denim and much more,” says Ms Jehly.

The 2019 Rotorua Museum Art Awards is one of the few regional art awards in New Zealand solely focussed in showcasing and supporting artists within its region. These coveted biennial awards aim to inspire local artists and highlight the wealth of talent in the Bay of Plenty.

Image credit: People view the 2017 Rotorua Museum Art Awards finalist exhibition

Rotorua Lakes Council Arts & Culture Manager, Stewart Brown, believes it is a great opportunity to showcase the region’s incredible artistic talent and hopes many artists get involved and enter.

“The Art Awards is a fantastic way for artists to profile their work and engage with the local arts community. It is also a great chance for the community to purchase unique artworks as all artworks in the exhibitions for sale,” says Mr Brown.

Image credit: Sarah Ziessen with her artwork Skins (made out of paint skin) was part of the 2017 Rotorua Museum Art Awards Finalist Exhibition.

An exhibition of approximately 50 finalist artworks will be open to the public at the Energy Events Centre from Wednesday 23 October until Sunday 10 November 2019.

A Salon des Refusés, for works not selected for the finalist exhibition, will be on display at the Pop Up Shop (1201 Eruera Street) from 2-17 November 2019.

Entries close on 30 September 2019 at 5pm and entry details, along with an online

entry form, are available on Rotorua Museum’s website


For further information:

Kathy Nicholls, Communications & Marketing Coordinator,

Arts & Culture Division, Rotorua Lakes Council

P: 07 351 8456 C: 0276 741 898 E:



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