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Welcome to the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts

We are self-funding Incorporated Society dedicated to the visual arts.  Since 1882, the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts has occupied a unique position for the arts in New Zealand, and Wellington in particular.  Throughout our illustrious history many of this country's finest Artists have been a part of our Journey.
We aim to benefit the community of New Zealand through the promotion, creation, understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts.  Regular exhibitions featuring new work from established and emerging artists throughout New Zealand are held in the Academy's architectural award-winning galleries.

Parkin Drawing Prize 2020

Open and will remain so.


This year’s Parkin Drawing Prize is open and will remain so despite the COVID 19 lock down. There is no human contact during the entry or selection of finalists phases.  The competition will proceed with finalists being selected in line with our original timeline.

 Selection of the winner and merit recipients may be able to proceed if we’re not in lockdown in late July.  This is irrespective of whether there are restrictions on the Academy Galleries being able to show an exhibition to the public. 

 We will regularly review the situation based on Government and Ministry of Health advice and will know more in four weeks when the current Alert Level 4 period ends. If opening non-essential businesses such as art galleries is delayed beyond the end of July we can consider rescheduling the exhibition.

 No scenario affects the entries, their close off date, or the selection of finalists.

 We encourage you to get creative during your isolation, create great art, and to enter please click here.


 Stay safe and well.



If you wish to support hundreds of New Zealand artists on an ongoing basis - join us today.
You may also like to view a summary of our current Strategic Plan, or read the Academy Rules.
The Academy's gallery is also available to hire for functions.


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