Opunake’s Taranaki National Art Awards is a highlight of our region’s creative calendar. In its sixteenth year, the annual awards are a national competition offering an opportunity for artists to exhibit and sell their artwork, with the added bonus of a $12,000 prize pool.
All entries are displayed in the exhibition at Sandfords Events Centre, which coincides with the Taranaki Rhododendron Festival.
The awards are divided into 7 categories:
Works on Paper
Toi Tu Taranaki
Artists can only enter each category once, but can enter more than one category and offer your artwork for sale. As well as the main prizes, the awards also offer a $500 Highly Commended prize for each category.
For $20 you can become a Friend of the Taranaki National Art Awards and receive free entry to the awards ceremony, early VIP entry to view and purchase artworks and unlimited free entries to the exhibition. Tickets to the awards ceremony will be available as door sales.
The awards ceremony offers a great night of diverse NZ artwork, entertainment, wine and food. It is also an opportunity to meet many of the artists. Be sure to mark this date in your diaries. All entrants receive free entry and for others tickets cost $15.