National Contemporary Art Award 2023
29 July - 12 November 2023
Open daily 10am to 5pm
Brave, colourful, and never shy. The art of now.
Each year the National Contemporary Art Award brings the best in Aotearoa contemporary art to the Waikato. The finalists on display are selected via a blind-judging process by the annually appointed judge.
The winner of the 2023 National Contemporary Art Award was announced at the opening gala by this year's guest judge, highly respected arts curator and commentator Melanie Oliver.
- 2023 National Contemporary Art Award, $20,000 prize sponsored by Tompkins Wake
Tawhai Rickard for Scenes from a Victorian Restaurant (reclaimed wood, enamel/acrylic paint).
- 2023 Runner Up and winner of the $7,500 Hugo Charitable Trust Award
Sung Hwan Bobby Park for BTM 조상 초상화 Ancestor Portrait (digital photograph).
- 2023 Friends of Waikato Museum $1,000 Merit Award winner
Hannah Ireland for Stained Cheery Wine (watercolour, ink and acrylic on found window).
- 2023 Random Art Group $1,000 Merit Award winner
Sara (Hera) Tautuku Orme for Darling, Tēnei Au (photograph).
People's Choice Award
Each year a guest judge selects the finalists and prize winners of the National Contemporary Art Award via a blind judging process. Now it's your turn to choose the winner!
The Campbell Smith Memorial People’s Choice Award is decided by votes from the public. This award, which includes a cash prize of $250, is sponsored by the family of Campbell Smith (1925-2015), an artist, poet, playwright and former Waikato Museum Director.
From a record-breaking number of entries, 41 artworks were selected as finalists for the 2023 National Contemporary Art Award by this year's judge, Melanie Oliver.
Brett a'Court ▪️ Rachel Hope Allan ▪️ Colleen Altagracia ▪️ Naomi Azoulay ▪️ Debbie Barber ▪️ Jordan Barnes ▪️ Tori Beeche ▪️ Deborah Body ▪️ Emily Brown ▪️ D Milton Browne ▪️ Esther Bunning ▪️ Cathy Carter ▪️ Katherine Claypole ▪️ Antony Densham ▪️ Kim Fifield ▪️ Alastair Floyd ▪️ Hannah Ireland ▪️ Bena Jackson ▪️ Reece King ▪️ Cecelia Kumeroa ▪️ Theo Macdonald ▪️ Leanne Morrison ▪️ Ella Grace Nicol ▪️ Shannon Novak ▪️ Sara (Hera) Tautuku Orme ▪️ Mark O'Donnell & Cameron Rey ▪️ Maria O'Toole ▪️ Sung Hwan Bobby Park ▪️ Marilyn Rea-Menzies ▪️ Tawhai Rickard ▪️ Naomi Roche ▪️ Warisara Thomson ▪️ Jenny Tomlin ▪️ Hannah Valentine ▪️ Anja Vallis ▪️ Rīhari Warnock ▪️ Amanda Watson ▪️ Siniva Williams ▪️ Benjamin Work ▪️ Cora-Allan
This public event with guest judge, Melanie Oliver, was recorded on the opening day of the National Contemporary Art Award 2023 exhibition. It also features the National Contemporary Art Award 2023 winner, Tawhai Rickard.
Download a PDF copy:
National Contemporary Art Award 2023 exhibition catalogue [PDF file, 6MB, 32 colour pages]
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