Feb 26, 2019

National Youth Art Awards

  • Crimson Education
  • ArtsPost Gallery, Hamilton
Multiple Competition Skill Building


The Midland MRI National Youth Art Award is a prestigious competition held every year for young New Zealand artists.

All young artists in New Zealand between the ages of 15 and 27 are invited to enter this significant competition. This award is open to independent artists as well as students who are prepared to jump the boundaries of their curriculum.

Hamilton has been the host for this award for the past few years, the only award in New Zealand exclusive to talented young artists. Prizes totalling $4500 along with Gordon Harris People’s Choice award.

The finalists will have their work on show to the public, for a month, at ArtsPost Gallery, in Hamilton, New Zealand. These finalists create an outstanding exhibition which showcases the immense creative talent present in our young people today.

All original visual art work that is unique, imaginative, delightful and thought-provoking is welcome. Work will be limited to 1.2m X 1.2m and will have a 10kg weight limit.

This exhibition is a celebration of New Zealand’s talented young people, recognising their contribution to our visual arts communities whilst simultaneously providing a platform for opportunity and further engagement.

For more information visit the official website here

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range




In 2018, there were 110 entries. While this is still a substantial amount of entries, it is not extremely competitive where the chance of being awarded a prize is very low.

Participation Cost


$25 per piece of artwork.

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


The ability to produce a piece of artwork (art skills).

Time Commitment


The event is once a year but will require preparation for the final piece of work to be entered.

Application Deadline

2020 Dates TBA

Application Process Includes

Fill out the application form online:
Do not send your original art work until you have been notified of acceptance
Art work is to not exceed the dimensions of 1.2m x 1.2 m Maximum weight of artwork must not exceed 10 kg
Attach a good quality image of the work (maximum size A4). Images will not be returned.
Finalists will be provided instructions for delivery of works – please note all freight/transport costs are to be met by the artist. Competition will be judged blind therefore do not include your name or address in the artist statement.