Arts Gold Awards


Arts Gold is a biennial event, organised this year by a committee representing Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, the Central Otago District Arts Trust and the Central Otago Art Society. Artists from around New Zealand have an opportunity to enter works using a range of mediums. This year 164 entries were received from 122 artists. Of all the entries submitted, the majority were painting (including mixed media), 16.5% were photography, the balance being sculpture, ceramics and textiles. There was a good geographic spread of entries with 45% coming from the Central Otago/Queenstown Lakes region, 14% from the North Island and the remainder from across the South island.

The Judges, Dick Frizzell and Jim Geddes selected 58 entries for the finalists Exhibition. Of the successful entrants 25 came from the CODC/QLDC districts.

The opening and announcement of the 2019 Arts Gold Awards winners will be held at Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery from 5.30 pm on Friday 27th September. This will be a ticketed event. A limited number of tickets will go on sale to the public on Thursday 5 September, at Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery.

On Sunday, 29th September at 10.30 am the Judges will present a floor talk discussing the decisions they made, and highlighting other works that caught their attention.

The 2019 Arts Gold Finalists Exhibition will run from 28th September closing on November 8th.


  • Arts Gold Supreme Award $5000
  • Perseverance Estate Central Otago Artist Award $3000
  • Kilgour Family Trust Merit Award $2000
  • Otago Central Rail Trail Merit Award $2000
  • Tall Poppy Real Estate Viewer’s Choice Award $1000


List of finalists for 2019 Arts Gold Awards Exhibition

Artist's Name Town
Susan Badcock Geraldine
Gretl Barzotto Alexandra
Pauline Bellamy Dunedin
Joy Bennett Alexandra
Blue Black Dunedin
Helen Blair Alexandra
Marc Blake Queenstown
Vicky Bowman Omakau
David Browne Dunedin
Shaun Burdon Cromwell
Gavin Chai Auckland
Guinevere Cherrill Paraparaumu Beach
Jasmine Clark Arrowtown
Susan Cleaver Queenstown
Tracey Coakley Auckland
Melanie Eade Clyde
Janyne Fletcher Ranfurly
Fiona Garlick Arrowtown
Alison Hale Westport
June Harris Wanaka
Suzanne Herschell Lower Hutt
Annemarie Hope-Cross Alexandra
Megan Huffadine Bannockburn
Chirag Jindal Auckland
Liz Hawker Wanaka
Amy Jones Lawrence
Heather Jonson Lincoln
Vivienne Juppe Middlemarch
Jason Keen Dunedin
Xara Ki Re Palmerston North
Sheena Lassen Roxburgh
Colin MacLaren Lake Tekapo
Bruce Mahalski Dunedin
Christine Maynard Christchurch
John McCormack Queenstown
Alistair McDonald Porirua
Rhonye McIlroy Ashburton
Colin MacLaren Lake Tekapo
Paul McLachlan Wanaka
Nicola McLaren Dunedin
Ira Mitchell Christchurch
Rosalind Moseby Invercargill
Joni Murphy New Plymouth
Joshua Olley Luggate
Tallulah Nunez Napier
Dorothy Piper Alexandra
Bruce Potter Alexandra
Sally Reynolds Nelson
Paul Samson Cromwell
Marjolein Schaddelee Dunedin
Kiri Scott Invercargill
Robert Scott Dunedin
Carmen Simmonds Whanganui
Phoebe Steel-Smith Dunedin
Rebecca Stewart Christchurch
Brian Stewart Dunedin
Caryl Watts Arrowtown
Simon Wiliams Queenstown
Pamela Wilson Queenstown
Nigel Wilson Alexandra


ARTS GOLD AWARDS 2019 - Key Dates

10pm Friday 1st August 
Entries close for the Arts Gold Awards. All entries must be received and entry fees paid before 10pm. The selection process follows.
5pm Friday 16th August
All finalists selected for the Arts Gold Awards will be notified via email and listed on this website. Selected artists must then pack and deliver their work to Central Stories to arrive not later than 4pm Monday 4th September.
4pm Friday 30th August
Finalists art work must be delivered between 10 am & 4pm between Thursday 31st August and Monday 4th September to Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, 21 Centennial Avenue, Alexandra.
5:30pm, Friday 27th September
Arts Gold Awards Finalists Exhibition Opening Event from 5.30pm. Judges will announce the Arts Gold Award 2017 winners at 6pm in the Russell Henderson Gallery, Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, Centennial Avenue, Alexandra.
Sunday 17th September - Sunday 19th November
Arts Gold Awards Exhibition open to the public at Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery and works can be viewed from 10am - 4pm daily.
4pm Sunday 8th November
Exhibition closes.
Monday 11th November - Friday 29th November
Artists or couriers must collect unsold works from Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery between 10am - 4pm. Artwork not collected by 4th December will incur a storage fee of $20 per week or part thereof.
To download the Arts Gold Awards 2019 Terms and Conditions click HERE
To download the Arts Gold Awards 2019 Entry Form click HERE
For further information email

Arts Gold Awards 2017

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