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130 years: A long and proud history

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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 2022 is now open !


Chris Parkin and the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts invite all artists in New Zealand to submit drawings in the Parkin Drawing Prize.


The award promotes excellence in drawing in all its forms and the winning entrant receives a prize of $25,000. 10 highly commended prizes of $500 each will also be awarded.

The exhibition of finalists will be held at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts’ Academy Galleries, Queens Wharf, Wellington, when the winner and highly commended prize winners will be announced.

To view the offical press release, please click here.


Ray Smith, NZAFA President says “This tenth anniversary of the Parkin Drawing Prize is a real milestone in our nation’s art history. Thanks to Chris Parkin for his unfailing support of drawing and the visual arts. The Academy has been pleased to support the award since its inception and looks forward to yet another wonderful and thought provoking competition this year.”



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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