Impressions are proud to sponsor this national art award
open to all New Zealand residents


The Impressions Awards was an annual event for 10 years, hosted by Arts Council Nelson in Nelson for 9 years. These Awards were instigated by Impressions as a way of contributing to the arts community and they retained naming rights in return for providing the major prize packages. More recently it was decided to move the Awards to the Tasman District which, despite having a community rich in high calibre artists, has no major event or art facility such as a public gallery. It is the intention of the organisers to raise the profile of arts in Tasman by bringing some of the best recently-created artworks from throughout New Zealand to be viewed alongside the art of local artists. We also view this as an opportunity to offer another attraction in a popular tourist destination – Mapua.

This year’s organising panel is led by nationally recognised Ruby Coast artist printmaker, Graeme Stradling and supported by fellow artist Glenys Forbes. Lewis Della Bosca of Impressions is also providing input into the group.

Please note that the closing date for
email photographic entries is 10th September.
Download the Impressions National Art Award Criteria as a PDF HERE

Exhibition: Mapua Community Hall
Aranui Road - Mapua
6th - 15th October 2017

Total Prize Pool Value at least $5,000
Main Prize Value $2,500

Conditions and Entry Criteria

  • Open to all New Zealand Residents
  • For paintings (wet and dry media) drawings and original prints
  • Photographic and digitally created media are excluded and the essential component of any mixed media work must be painted, drawn or hand-printed
  • Print works must be original to the artist and created by the artist's own hand
  • Works on paper must be glazed and framed to a professional standard
  • Work entered must have been created within the last two years, have not been completed as part of a class, nor been a prize-winner in any other competition
  • Selection is by email photograph. Applicants may submit up to 3 works for consideration. Each selected work is subject to a $20 entry fee (no fee is levied for works not selected)
  • Artworks must be available for sale and are subject to a commission of 30%
  • Insurance of works both in transit and for the duration of the exhibition is the responsibility of the artist
  • All selected entries will be considered for the main prize and three merit prizes to be selected by a panel of 3 judges using the criteria of creative and technical excellence
  • The organisers reserve the right to use images of selected works for promotional purposes of these and future Art Awards
  • Upon conclusion of the Awards exhibition, a selection of entered works will be displayed at Impressions Picture Framers and Art Supplies, Sundial Square, Richmond until 29th October

Closing Date for email photographic entries: - 10th September
Each entry should be in the form of a jpg file with the title of the work (not a camera number)
Email entries to:
Entries must be accompanied by an email cover note stating:

  • Artist’s name:
  • Email Address:
  • Contact Phone Number:
  • Approx. size of work (including any framing)

Selection advice by 17th September 2017
NOTE: Your selection advice notice will be accompanied by entry forms and further directions for banking details of selected artworks

Receiving date for couriered artworks                   2nd October 2017
Receiving date for hand delivered artworks          9am 6th October 2017
Exhibition opens                                                       7th October 1pm                       AWARDS CEREMONY                                           3pm - 4.30pm

Exhibition opens daily 9.30am to 4.30pm              Free Entry

Selected works are to be delivered to
Graeme Stradling Gallery, 169 Stafford Drive, Ruby Bay, Mapua 7005

Sally Barron, supreme winner of the 2016 Impressions 41 Max Art Awards, in front of her winning piece “Violet”.

Sally Barron, supreme winner of the 2016 Impressions 41 Max Art Awards, in front of her winning piece “Violet”.