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2017 National Contemporary Art Award

29 July - 5 November 2017

Entries open Monday 6 March and close at 1pm on Wednesday 3 May 2017.

This is the 18th year of the National Contemporary Art Award (NCAA) which launched in 2000. This year’s award is judged by the Director of Wellington’s City Gallery, Elizabeth Caldwell, and is managed by Waikato Museum. The winner of the 2016 National Contemporary Art Award, Sorawit Songsataya, received S20,000 from the major sponsors, Tompkins Wake and Chow Hill.

How to enter

Entry is open until 1pm Wednesday 3 May 2017

Entry is online, with payment via credit card.

There are three steps to entering:

  • Artist information
  • Description of work and upload of images and/or video
  • Payment

Before you enter, please have ready:

  • Your artist statement (up to 150 words maximum, preferably in a Word document you can copy and paste into the entry form)
  • Your catalogue statement (up to 50 words maximum, preferably in a Word document you can copy and paste into the entry form)
  • Your credit card details
  • Up to five images of your artwork to upload (must be high resolution as these images are used to show finalists' work in print format)
  • You can also upload a link to a video work, to show any entry including moving image projects or sculpture
  • If you have multiple entries you will need to fill out an entry form for each entry. 

Please ensure you have read, and understand the Conditions of entry. 

Have a question? See our Frequently Asked Questions page. 

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Judge - Elizabeth Caldwell

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Elizabeth Caldwell has been working in the New Zealand visual arts sector for more than 25 years.

Professional roles prior to her present position as Director at City Gallery Wellington include, Director of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Senior Curator Visual Art and Collection Services at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Arts Adviser for Visual Art and Craft/Object Art at Creative New Zealand Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Robert McDougall Art Gallery (now Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu). 

Her academic qualifications include an MA in Art History from the University of Canterbury, Diploma of Secondary Teaching (Christchurch College of Education) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Art Curatorial Studies (University of Melbourne). 

Major sponsors

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Merit Award Sponsors:

Random Art Group, David's Emporium, Friends of Waikato Museum. 

People's Choice Award Sponsor: 

ArtZone Magazine.