Longest surviving and largest annual art awards of their kind in New Zealand.

The Annual Wallace Arts Awards

Applications for the 2017 Wallace Art Awards are now open. Submit your application here – entries will close at 5pm on July 25th, 2017.

Applications for the New Zealand Artist in Residence at the British School at Rome Award are now open. Submit your application here – entries will close at 5pm on July 25th, 2017.

Applications for the 2017 Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award are now open. Submit your application here  entries will close at 5pm on July 25th, 2017.

The Annual Wallace Art Awards aim to support, promote and expose New Zealand contemporary art and artists. Sir James Wallace established the Annual Wallace Art Awards 25 years ago. These Awards are now the longest surviving and largest annual art awards of their kind in New Zealand, with a value amounting to over $220,000. They differ from other important New Zealand art prizes in that they aim to provide challenging opportunities and broadening experiences to the five major winners by way of residencies at top-class international institutions. Many of the winners and finalists of the Awards are purchased by the Trust each year to add to the Collection.

The Awards are given for contemporary New Zealand painting, sculpture, video, drawing and unique photography and print to encourage and develop the visual arts in New Zealand, and in particular to reward artists creating outstanding work.

The 2017 awards will be judged by Visesio Siasau, Richard Maloy and Linda Tyler. Judges for this year’s Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award will be Steve Carr, Phil Dadson, Richard Maloy and Ruth Watson. The newly announced BSR Wallace New Zealand Residence Award will be judged by artists Andrew Drummond, Simon Ogden and Director of the Centre for Art Studies at The University of Auckland,  Linda Tyler.  

Award Winners and Travelling Finalists exhibition catalogues (since 2010), are available from Pah Homestead Reception and the Pah Gallery Shop for $15.

The Awards

The Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award
A six month residency at the the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York. This includes a studio, 24 access to ISCP’s facilities, support from on site staff, the opportunity to attend a minimum of 22 lectures given by members on the New York art community, a minimum of three field trips including out-of-town expenses, and a minimum of two open-studio exhibitions/receptions. The Paramount Award Winner also receives a bronze trophy by Terry Stringer.
The ISCP is the premier residency-based contemporary art centre in the United States for emerging to mid-career artists and curators from around the world.

For the application and further details on this award please click here.

The Kaipara Wallace Arts Trust Award
A three month residency at Altes Spital in Solothurn, Switzerland. This includes a large studio apartment, access to specialist studios and workshops and the opportunity to attend exhibitions and work with specialist advisors.

Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award
A ten week residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, USA.
Fulbright New Zealand was established in 1948 to promote mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchanges between New Zealand and the United States of America.

For the application and further details on this award please click here.

BSR Wallace New Zealand Residence Award
A three month residency at the British School in Rome.
The Wallace Arts Trust is pleased to announce its co-sponsorship of a new Residency for New Zealand artists in collaboration with the British School at Rome. The Residency is an initiative driven by independent working artists and is designed to facilitate a unique opportunity for New Zealand artists in their early to mid-career stage. The Trust will provide both financial and administrative support to deliver this Residency within the Annual Wallace Arts Awards, announced in September.

This residency was initiated by Enrica Sciarrino (Associate Professor in Classics, University of Canterbury), Simon Ogden and Andrew Drummond (independent working artists). Simon Ogden and Andrew Drummond, will be joined by Linda Tyler and a representative of the Wallace Art Trust on the Residency Selection Panel. Applications will be assessed by the Panel with shortlisted candidates interviewed and reviewed by the BSR prior to the Award being announced in September as part of the Annual Wallace Art Awards.    

For the application and further details on this award please click here.

The Wallace Arts Trust Vermont Award
A three month residency at the Vermont Studio Center, USA. This includes, a studio, meals, accommodation, a stipend, counsel from a distinguished roster of six visiting artists, and the fellowship of professional peers from around the world.

The Vermont Studio Center was founded by artists in 1984 and is the largest international artists’ and writers’ Residency Program in the United States.

1st Runners Up Award
$2,500

2nd Runners Up Award
$2,500

Peoples’ Choice Award
$750 (Winner to be announced at the end of the Travelling Show)

Jury Award
(non-monetary)