We’re all about supporting opportunities for our local, community and grassroots artists. NZ Scholarships and Awards give artists the financial opportunities and incentives to achieve new goals. Here is a list of local and national scholarships and awards that could help further your dreams!

Local and NZ Scholarships:

The Learning Connexion:
Oriel Hoskin Scholarship, Frank Davis Scholarship, Janet Law Scholarship, Deaf Scholarship. Click here>>

Massey University:
Link to list of Study Scholarships. Click here>>

Creative New Zealand Scholarships and Arts Grants:
Arts Grants, Scholarships and Bursaries. Click here and here>>

Whitecliffe College of Art and Design in Auckland:
Fine Arts, Photo Media, Graphic Design, Young Creative. Click here>>

Victoria University of Wellington:
Creativity Scholarships. Click here>>
Scholarships, Prizes, Link to Database. Click here>>

The University of Auckland:
$35 million of Scholarships and Awards are given out each year. Click here>>

University of Otago:
From Undergraduate to Post Doctoral Scholarships. Click here>>

Generosity New Zealand:
An online search tool for scholarships. There is a fee but it may be free through your school or local library. http://generosity.org.nz/

DANZ – Dance Aotearoa New Zealand:
Links to Dance and many other creative Scholarships, Residencies, Awards, and Funds. Click here>>

Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Manatu Taonga:
Links to funding sources within the arts, culture and heritage sector. Click here>>

Local Awards:

National Awards:

Adam Portraiture Award – New Zealand’s premier portrait competition.
Christchurch Art Show & Awards – Christchurch’s largest art show over 4 days.
Fieldays No. 8 Wire National Art Award – Hosted by the Waikato Museum this is an annual award held around the Fieldays event. Artists are challenged to create artworks using the No. 8 wire. 
Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Awards – The Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Awards is hosted by the Sanderson Contemporary Gallery in Auckland. It brings together top Masters students from AUT, Elam, Unitec and Whitecliffe Art Schools.
Iris Photography Awards – The annual Epson/NZIPP Iris Awards is New Zealand’s only professional photography competition.
Lysaght Watt Trust Art Award – held annually at the Lysaght Watt Gallery in Hawera, Taranaki the award is open to 2D and 3D work. Each year a new theme is chosen.
Molly Morpeth Canaday Award: Painting and Drawing – presented by Arts Whakatane.
National Contemporary Art Award – run by the Waikato Museum this award takes on the exciting genre of contemporary art.
New Zealand Art Show – sell your art at this Wellington event.
New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award – an annual award set up and hosted by the Waikato Society of Arts.
Olivia Spencer Bower Award – very generous award open to artists and sculptors.
Original Art Sale – Auckland’s largest art market.
Parkin Drawing Award – promotes drawing in all its forms.
Peters Doig Marlborough Art Award – sponsored by the Marlborough Detour Art Gallery.
Portage Ceramic Awards – open to artists in the field of ceramics.
Rotorua Museum Art Awards – these biennial awards aim to inspire artists in the Bay of Plenty. Innovation in Art Award sponsored by Waiariki.
Small Sculpture Prize – National award for an original freestanding or wall sculpture. Presented by Waiheke Community Art Gallery.
Taranaki Art Awards – national competition – exhibition and prize pool – 7 categories.

The Mari Friedlander Photographic Award – generous award presented every 2 years to an established photographer to support their ongoing work at a high level.
Trusts Art & Sculpture Awards – organised by the Waitakere Central Community Arts Council.
The Big Wai Art Sale – huge art sale as part of Carterton’s Daffodil Festival in September each year. 
Wallace Art Awards – longest running awards in NZ. Residencies and monetary awards for outstanding contemporary painting, sculpture, video, drawing and photography.
Walters Prize – biennial prize for contemporary art presented by the Auckland Art Gallery/Toi Tamaki.
World of Wearable Art – held in Wellington. Supreme award and special awards with generous prizes. Gives artists the opportunity to be innovative and original.

We’ll be updating this page of NZ Scholarships and Awards so bookmark this page or pop back from time to time to stay updated.

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