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Aotearoa Poster Competition - Call for Entries!

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Aotearoa Poster Competition
21 Sep 2020
Work type
Contract, Call for entries, Expressions of interest
Work classification
Community & Access Arts, Design, Visual Arts


The Aotearoa Poster Competition is a new national art event.

Please join us by creating anti-racism artworks that reinforce our positive values as an inclusive society.


Will you create art to move hearts, tickle minds & inspire change for the better?

The creative theme is ethnic diversity with referencing to Chinese New Zealand communities and engaging people to talk and think about how they can respond when they see racist behaviour. 

This theme has been developed in response to the heightened anti-Chinese sentiment and racist behaviour that has occurred due to COVID19. Chinese communities, like other migrant communities that have settled in Aotearoa have many stories that speak of racism. Earlier in 2020 anti-Chinese sentiment was heightened due to COVID19. It is now more important than ever, in the second wave of COVID19, to be kind to each other, and reinforce our values as a culturally diverse and inclusive society.



This competition is for all people living in New Zealand over the competition entry period - aged 13 and over. It is now open for entries and closes 21 September 2020.  

There are three judged categories as well as the popular vote category.

  • Young person: 13-17 years
  • New and emerging artist: 18 years and over who have never sold an original artwork for over $500
  • Established artist: 18 years and over who have sold an original artwork for over $500.

The judging panel are:  Mark Amery, Lynda Chanwai-Earle, Kerry Ann Lee and Michel Tuffery.

For the Popular Vote category - shortlisted entries will be placed on the competition website with public voting from 1 to 15 October to select the category winner.  

Winning artists will each get a $500 cash prize, have their entry displayed in city streets nationwide, and have domestic travel and accommodation paid for (as needed) to attend the prize-giving in Wellington at the end of October. 


How to apply

See for full details and resources to help artists get started and inspired. 

Written by

Julia Barnes

25 Aug 2020