The Annual Wallace Awards



About the Awards

The Annual Wallace Art Awards aim to support, promote and expose New Zealand contemporary art and artists. Sir James Wallace established the Annual Wallace Art Awards 23 years ago. 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. They differ from other important New Zealand art prizes in that they aim to provide challenging opportunities and broadening experiences to the four major winners by way of residencies at top-class international institutions. Many of the winners and finalists of the Awards are purchased by the Trust each year to add to the Collection.

The Awards are given for contemporary New Zealand painting, sculpture, video, drawing and unique photography and print to encourage and develop the visual arts in New Zealand, and in particular to reward artists creating outstanding work.


The Judges for 2014 are Andrew Clifford, Andrew McLeod, Peter Panyoczki,Terry Stringer and Linda Tyler.

Award Winners and Travelling Finalists catalogues for 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 including Director's introduction, Judge's details, and extended information about the Awards are available from the Reception and Gallery Shop at the Pah Homestead for $15.

The Prizes

The Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award

A six month residency at the the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York. This includes a studio, 24 access to ISCP's facilities, support from on site staff, the opportunity to attend a minimum of 22 lectures given by members on the New York art community, a minimum of three field trips including out-of-town expenses, and a minimum of two open-studio exhibitions/receptions. The Paramount Award Winner also recieves a bronze trophy by Terry Stringer. 

The ISCP is the premier residency-based contemporary art centre in the United States for emerging to mid-career artists and curators from around the world.


The Kaipara Wallace Arts Trust Award 

A three month residency at Altes Spital in Solothurn, Switzerland. This includes a large studio apartment, access to specialist studios and workshops and the opportunity to attend exhibitions and work with specialist advisors.

The Kaipara Foundation is a charitable trust with the primary focus of providing overseas residencies for New Zealand artists.


Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award - different application form

A three month residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, USA.

Fulbright New Zealand was established in 1948 to promote mutual understanding through educational and cultural exchanges between New Zealand and the United States of America.

This Award has a different panel of Judges who will shortlist the finalists to be considered and then interview the shortlist to make a final decision. There is a different judging procedure for the Fulbright Wallace Arts Trust Award. The award process requires a separate entry form and requirements and the entry date for this part of the award closes at 5pm on Thursday 1 August 2013. CLICK HERE to go to the Fulbright website for details and application form.


The Wallace Arts Trust Vermont Award 

A three month residency at the Vermont Studio Center, USA. This includes, a studio, meals, accomodation, a stipend, counsel from a distinguished roster of six visiting artists, and the fellowship of professional peers from around the world.

The Vermont Ctudio Center was founded by artists in 1984 and is the largest international artists' and writers' Residency Program in the United States.


1st Runners Up Award



2nd Runners Up Award



Peoples’ Choice Award 

$750         (To be announced at the end of the Travelling Show)


Jury Award