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  • The 2024 Stuff Art Aotearoa Gold Award will be run in four progressive stages, one stage at each of the four art shows presented by Art Shows Across Aotearoa during 2024. Each of these four art shows are in a different city – Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, and Queenstown.

  • ​Four local Award FINALISTS will be progressively selected, by the independent judging panel, one finalist from each show as the year unfolds. This beginning in March 2024 at The Christchurch Art Show and ending in October 2024 at The Queenstown Art Show. Each of these Finalists will be selected and announced at the Opening Event of the show they are exhibiting at.​

  • ​Two Highly Commended artists will also be selected and announced by the judging panel from Award entries, at each of the four shows.

  • The OVERALL NATIONAL AWARD WINNER will be selected by the judging panel from the four local finalists at a date and location tba after the Queenstown Show in October 2024.


  • This Award is valued at $35,000 and comprises both cash and benefits allocated across the four Finalists and the ultimate Winner as follows

  • EACH LOCATION FINALIST:  $1,000 CASH plus sponsored 1 x 5 Panel 2025 Exhibition Pack at that Location:  Exhibition Pack $1,500 each Finalist​

  • OVERALL WINNER: $20,000 CASH, Plus a $1,500 STUFF advertising voucher, plus a sponsored 5 Panel 2025 Exhibition Pack at each of the three other 2025 Show Locations: Exhibition Packs Value $4,500.

  • A prerequisite therefore for entering the 2024 Stuff Art Aotearoa Gold Award is prior acceptance to exhibit at one or more of the four shows being presented by Art Shows Across Aotearoa in either Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, or Queenstown. If an artist is accepted at more than one of these four shows, they are entitled to enter the 2024 Stuff Art Aotearoa Gold Award at each of the locations. One entry for this award per show acceptance, per artist.


  • A non-refundable Entry Fee of $25 is applicable to each Award Entry.

  • Entry into the 2024 Stuff Art Aotearoa Gold Award is open to anyone over 18 years old currently living permanently in New Zealand or who has New Zealand citizenship.

  • Applications to exhibit at one of the ASAA’s 2024 location shows and to enter the Award can be actioned until each Show closes for applications.







  • The artist can enter one only original 2D artwork, at each show location.

  • The artwork can be no larger than 1500mm x 1500mm x 40mm or equivalent, inclusive of framing, professionally presented, and ready to hang.

  • Artworks can be single or mixed media paintings, drawings, digital works, photographs and similar. Prints are not acceptable. If in doubt about the compliance of your proposed entry, please contact organisers prior to submitting your entry, to clarify.

  • The artwork entered must have been completed within one calendar year of the entry date and may not have been previously exhibited publicly anywhere at all including galleries, exhibitions, art shows, art trails including an artist’s own studio or online including an artist’s own website, Instagram, Facebook and similar.

  • Entrants who are at an art-school or university where the artwork was exhibited for assessment or year-end showing on campus are granted an exemption from this condition.

  • All artworks must have secure surfaces eg fragile pastel and charcoal surfaces must be ‘fixed’. Paint must be dry.

  • All artworks must be ready and easy to hang. That is they must be professionally presented and be suitable strung, with wire/cord attached to D rings with no protruding nails or screws. The art work must be dry. If not presented in a ready-to-hang manner the artwork may be rejected and will not be hung.

  • All entries are to be for sale.

  • The organisers reserve the right to reject any non-compliant or unsuitable artworks for any reason whatsoever with no discussion being entered into.

  • Any correspondence between the artist and the organisers is confidential and will not be shared with third parties unless authorised.





  • Two high resolution images of each artwork entered are to be submitted preferably at time of entry or if not available at that time, must be received by the organisers 10 days before the opening night of the Show for which that entry has been made. 

  • High resolution images are to be uploaded in JPEG file format no greater than 2 MB.

  • Images must be a true and accurate representation of the artwork entered.

  • Entrants give their permission for photos, videos and images of themselves and their work to be used for marketing and promotional purposes on the web, on social media platforms and in print.




  • Judging at each location will be undertaken by an independent 3-person panel led by a senior art sector professional.

  • At each Show, the artwork entered will be displayed, by the artist, on the artists ‘Wall’ by 3pm on Bump-In day, while artists continue with Bump-In.

  • Judging commences on-site from 3pm on Bump-In day and continues through the 5pm to 7.30pm VIP Preview session open to those who have purchased VIP tickets and/or group Hosting tickets and to Artists who will be ‘manning’ their walls.

  • Any Award entries sold during this time, will be required to remain on the Artist’s Wall until after the Local Finalist has been announced at 8pm.

  • By 8pm on Opening Night the three artworks selected by the judges (being the Gold Award Finalist for that location plus the two Highly Commended works for that location) (sold or otherwise) will be transferred from the Artist’s own ‘walls’ to hang on the Stuff Art Aotearoa Gold Award Finalists Display Wall. 

  • At 8pm on Opening Night the local Finalist Winner will be announced.

  • Winners are required to be in attendance for appropriate photographs with the judges and the sponsor’s representative.

  • The judges’ decisions are final, and no discussion will be entered into.

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