22 March – 6 April 2014



The New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts was established in 1882 and is one of the country’s longest serving arts institutions.  Over the years the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts has had highs and lows.  As a self-funded organisation the institution has had to adapt in changing times to ensure its survival.  What has remained over the years is the support the Academy has offered to many artists.  Artists such as Evelyn Page, William Sutton, John Drawbridge, Doris Lusk, Mirek Smisek, Dame Rangimarie Hetet, Robyn Kahukiwa, Doreen Blumhart, Avis Higgs and Peter McIntyre have been a part of the Academy’s history and have made major contributions to New Zealand art history. 

The Academy Galleries is holding a fundraising exhibition and has had donations from the following artists:  Fraser Hoffe, Vivian Manthel - French, Michael Browne, Ruth Gardiner, Peter Augustin, Peter Muller, Cindy Flook, Kirsty Fyfe, Susan Hurrell - Fieldes, Anna Ivanovska, Anna Ivanovska, Jeanne Macaskill, Fredericka Ernsten, Lee Robinson, Miranda Woollett, Larrise Hall, Mary Thum, Jenny Shearer, Dorothy Helyer, Wendy Masters, Paul    Collins, Mike Aamodt, Ian  Hamlin, Alison Boyce, Frances Hanson , Anthea Crozie, Robyn Taylor, Ellen Hodgetts, Syd  Moore, Beryl Buchanan, Maas Huub, Di Conway, Michelle Retimana, Penny Harrison, Brian Carmody, Mia Hamilton and Sue Shore.

 The artworks will be auctioned on Friday 4 April from 6 pm onwards.  Tickets for S.O.S Auction Night are available for purchase at the Academy Galleries.  All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts to ensure it is able to continue supporting artists in the future.

The exhibition features painting, photography, ceramics, jewellery and sculpture and is available for viewing from Saturday 22 March at the Academy Galleries, 1 Queens Wharf, Wellington.




Judges announced for prestigious

Parkin Drawing Award

The judging panel consisting of recognised art practitioners, arts commentators and academics have been selected for the Parkin Drawing Prize for 2014.

The award, attracting a major prize of $20,000, was launched by Chris Parkin, arts patron and owner of Museum Art Hotel in Wellington last year.  This year, for the first time, five highly commended prizes worth $500.00 each will also be awarded. Entries for the 2014 competition are now open to anyone who lives permanently in New Zealand or has New Zealand citizenship. 

An advisory panel, consisting of Associate Professor and Head of the School of Fine Arts at Massey University, Heather Galbraith, Senior Lecturer in Painting at the University of Canterbury Roger Boyce and Senior Lecturer at the School of Fine Arts at Massey University Simon Morris will select the finalists for the exhibition at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts (26 July to 25 August 2014).

The winning submission will be selected and announced by Judge, poet, essayist, art-writer, book-illustrator and artist Gregory O’Brien, on 25 July 2014 at the opening of the Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition. 

 “We were thrilled with the incredible wide range of drawings submitted for the inaugural competition and eagerly anticipate the innovative, creative entries in this year’s award.  The Parkin Drawing Prize expresses a commitment to the art of drawing, highlighting its essential importance to the practice so it is imperative we have an advisory panel and judge who are respected and recognised nationally for their expertise,” said Chris Parkin.

The competition, in association with the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, will promote excellence and innovation in drawing in all its forms (processes, materials and ideas) and aims to play an important role in fostering New Zealand drawing practice. It is also marks the establishment of a unique collection of New Zealand art through the acquisition of the winning drawings.


Visit for more information on how to enter. 




Front of House

Volunteers required

General FOH duties such as opening and closing, confidence making sales of art works and taking and recording payments etc.

Additional skills/experience required:

  • Intermediate computer skills
  • Good attention to detail and accurate record keeping
  • Confidence and initiative when working alone but also enjoys working within a small friendly team

A passion for or interest in the arts, especially New Zealand art, would be advantageous/is desired. As would marketing/writing/proofing skills be valuable.

Email for further info or to request an application form.


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Contact Details

address: 1 Queens Wharf,

Wellington, NZ  

phone: 04 499 8807


hours: daily 10am - 5pm



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