The vision of the Wallace Arts Trust is to support, promote and expose New Zealand contemporary artists while providing the wider public with an inimitable cultural and historical resource of contemporary New Zealand art.


As well as running the arts centre, the Wallace Arts Trust loans out artworks to over 50 institutions ranging from schools to universities and hospitals, to expose as wide a range of audience to contemporary New Zealand art as possible.


These Awards are now the longest surviving and largest annual art awards of their kind in New Zealand, with a value amounting to over $195,000.

The Awards are given for contemporary New Zealand painting, sculpture, video, drawing and unique photography and print.

The Annual Wallace Art Awards

Information regarding the 2016 Wallace Art Awards will be available in late June 2016.
Please send us an email if you would like to be added to our Wallace Art Awards database for notification of the opening of the 2016 Competition

2015 Paramount Award Winner 2015 Paramount Award Winner
2015 Paramount Award Winner

Visesio Siasau, Tongan Tapa Cloth (2014), Tongan customary pigments and dye on bark cloth

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Paramount Award

 Roger Mortimer, Otago Harbour (2014), acrylic ink on canvas, 600 x 650mm

The Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award Winner The Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award Winner
The Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award Winner

Jae Hoon Lee, The Dry Valley (2012), Digital photograph, 2080 x 950mm

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The Wallace Arts Trust Collection is an incomparable cultural and historical resource of contemporary New Zealand art ranging from 1931 to present day

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Numbering at over 7,000 artworks including paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, AV works and various other multimedia works.

The Collection grows exponentially with several hundred artworks being acquired every year from emerging artists and artists as they develop and mature.

Nothing is ever sold, as the purpose of the Collection is to act as a ‘diary’ covering many decades of art creation in New Zealand. Please read the copyright details to learn about the conditions of entry.

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