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In Memory of Guy Ngan, an artist and a gentleman, who passed away on 26th June 2017 at the age of 91 years.

Sculpture, painter, muralist, printer , Guy Ngan was Wellington born, but did return to live in China over the early part of his life then returning to Wellington. After training at the local School of Design he found his way to the Royal College of Art in London coming back to Wellington and his home town of Stokes Valley in the 70s where the New Zealand Academy of Fin...e Arts was fortunate to have him for 10 wonderful years from 1976 to 1986 as our first Director, a position he fulfilled admirably.

He described himself as a Pacific Chinese and some of his sculpture suggests his Chinese ancestry.

Greg Chaston
President New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.

2 August - 3 September

The Parkin Drawing Prize 2017 Winner has been announced.

Kirsty Lillico from Wellington has been announced the winner of the 2017 Parkin Drawing Prize and a $20,000 cash prize – sponsored by Chris Parkin, arts patron and philanthropist.

Kirsty’s work State Block measuring 3.7 metres x 4.7 metres, was chosen as the winner from an impressive 502 entries nationwide and 84 finalists at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts on Monday 1 August.

Reflecting on the winning artwork, Seraphine Pick, the judge for this year’s prize said:

 “Kirsty Lillicos’s work State Block is challenging, brave and impressive. Her use of salvaged carpet for surface material to draw into it with a knife a blueprint plan of a 1940’s modernist high-density concrete block of flats, then presenting it by hanging and draping it from floor to ceiling and transforming the blue print into a three dimensional drawing in space as a floppy, soft and bodily object - quite the opposite to the hard-edged concrete Brutalism style building the plan was designed for people to live in.

Her work appears to question high-density social housing and its liveability, inequality, affordability and the failure by privatization to solve the current state housing crisis balanced with her interest in the post–depression era of International Brutalism style of modern Architecture and its aesthetics.”

Seraphine Pick also awarded 10 highly commended prizes worth $500.00 each.  The recipients include Karyn Taylor - Arc on 3 States (Auckland); Harry McAlpine - The Tyranny of Good Intentions, James Thomson-Bache - The Activity (Dunedin), Michael Dell -Valley/Forest (Nelson), Rohan Wealleans – Skyclad (Wellington), Kristy Gorman –Lacuna III (Auckland), Clara Wells- Parramatta Automatic (Christchurch), Jae Kang – 4,000 Stains of Breath (Auckland), James Robinson – Gnosis (Dunedin) and Hugo Koha Lindsay - Forensic Cue 1 (Auckland).

To view the merit award winner's works, please click here.

To view the complete press release, please click here.


Members’ Spring exhibition – Artists and Artisans

9 September - 8 October 2017

Calling all artists and artisans.  In September and early October we’re running an exhibition to appeal to the many WOW visitors to Wellington. (WOW runs from 21 September to 8 October.) 

This will be a ‘cash and carry’ exhibition from 9 September to 8 October inclusive so we’re up and running ahead of WOW. 

Our experience tells us WOW visitors are looking for portable items in a cash and carry environment.  Many are from out of Wellington and are keen to take home an original work as a souvenir of their visit hence this is a cash and carry.

We’ll be sending out call for entries and works labels within the next 2 weeks.

Any questions feel free to give us a call on 04 499 8807 or email


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                Wellington, NZ  

phone: 04 499 8807


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Current Events

Parkin Drawing Prize

2 August - 3 September

Upcoming Events

Artists and Artisans

9 September - 8 October

Splash 17 & Ceramicus 17

14 October - 29 October

Solo 43

4 November - 26 November

Summer Cash and Carry

2 December - 14 January 2018




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