This is an exhibition, a competition (with prizes) and an opportunity to sell art.


As the artist, you choose the categories to enter each of your art works. Selectors will choose the artworks to be exhibited, then the prize winning paintings and sculptures. Their decisions will be final.

There are seven prize winning categories: Land, Water, People, Abstract, Art Unlimited, and Sculpture and Schools, with the following guidelines.

  • Land: The depiction of natural surroundings.
  • Water: Includes the water in any of its forms, e.g. steam, snow, rain.
  • People: Includes portraits, crowd scenes, figures in motion or stationary.
  • Abstract: Art not attempting to portray accurately a visual subject. Instead it uses lines, shapes, colours and/or composition. In this category we also include semi-abstract art which has an easily recognisable subject but the form is stylised.
  • Art Unlimited: Our Open category, could include favourite pets, livestock etc.
  • Sculpture: the art of making two or three dimensional works that can be representative or abstract. This category includes carved stone, wood, metal,fibre  or plastic.

The winner of each category will receive a sponsor’s prize of $300, except the Schools category which will have a prize of $250.
Additional prizes will be awarded to ‘Best in Exhibition’ and ‘People’s Choice Award’.
A further ‘Mystery’ prize from the sponsor J W Picture Framing & Art Gallery will be selected by them and their decision is final.
Highly Commended is now in place.

The Following Conditions Apply

  1. Every contributing artist must be a member of an eligible art group or club within the Hawke’s Bay region or be a special member of Art Hawke’s Bay. Sculptors do not need to be a club member.
  2. Entries must not have been previously exhibited in any exhibition, art sale, competition or social media
  3. All works must be original.
  4. Works must not have been completed under supervision. (This excludes the Schools category when works are done under supervision of their art tutors).
  5. Entries are limited to three per artist including a sculpture (i.e. if a sculpture is entered the artist may also submit two paintings). Only one sculpture per person.
  6. All work must be for sale at the exhibition.
  7. Entry fee is $12 per work submitted before 19 April 2024 and $20 per work after 19 April 2024 (excludes Schools category).
  8. Entry fees are non-refundable. No refunds will be given for entries not selected. (This is a selected exhibition. Judges may give feedback for unselected works in the form of written comments.)
  9. A commission will be charged on all exhibition sales.
  10. We encourage artists to display Hawke’s Bay subjects, however this is not a requirement.
  11. All paintings must be ready to hang. Unsuitable framing may be rejected at selection time. Double or triple (triptych) canvasses must be suitably joined and ready to hang from one point.
  12. Each work must have a swing ticket showing: artist’s name, club name, title of work, category, medium, selling price, and the size, width x height (to nearest centimetre, written on back of swing ticket).Entry and Collection Dates
  13. Artworks must be delivered to: Arts Inc Heretaunga (Hastings Community Arts Centre), 106 Russell St South, Hastings, between 4.30PM & 6 PM on Saturday 27th April 2024.  NO Earlier than time stated.
  14. There can be NO LATE ENTRIES, as Selection follows immediately after Receiving closes at 6pm.
  15. All artworks remain the property of the artist unless sold.
  16. Sold items cannot be released until close of exhibition, on the final day, Saturday 11 May 2024. No exceptions.
  17. Sold, non-selected and unsold work should be collected from the venue between 1 pm and 4 pm on Saturday 11 May 2024, following the exhibition.
  18. Any entry may be displayed on our website:, on our Facebook page or our Instagram account, or in printed publicity material.
  19. There will be no sales from our website.

Whilst good care is taken by Art Hawke’s Bay Inc and Arts Inc Heretaunga, ALL RISKS relating to the artwork remain the sole responsibility of the artist.
Art Hawke’s Bay Inc cannot be held liable for any copyright infringements. The artist indemnifies Art Hawke’s Bay Inc accordingly.