Awards Founder

Richard T. Nelson is an avid art collector and appreciator. Originally from the USA, Richard has called Wellington, NZ home for past 25 years

Richard’s love of sculpture started more than 50 years ago upon visiting a small gallery in Haiti. There he came across some beautiful works by a Haitian sculptor, Ludovic Booz. He purchased 3 elegant mahogany sculptures that he admires and appreciates to this day.

Degrees from Yale and Stanford Universities followed by a successful career in Investments has enabled Richard to pursue his love of art.

His collection holds contemporary pieces from around the world including Europe, the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Haiti, Japan and Africa. His sculpture collection includes a considerable selection of smaller works, providing the inspiration for this award.

Richard appreciates the elegance and grace of sculpture, and wishes to reward technique and true craftsmanship through this award.

About the awards

These awards recognise excellence in New Zealand sculpture and seek to foster a market for small scale sculpture, so collectors can enjoy them at home.

Molded. Cast. Carved. Assembled. Elegance. Excellence. Craftmanship.

We want to highlight the diversity of small-scale works and celebrate our unique culture and heritage through New Zealand sculpture.

These inaugural awards are valued at $20,000 with a premier prize of $15,000 rewarding creative talent and craftsmanship, with five highly commended prizes of $1000 each

60 artists have been selected as finalists for this year’s awards. 84 sculptures will be revealed to the public at the NZ Art Show, 4-6 June, 2021 in Wellington.

The five winners will be announced on June 3rd at the VIP preview of the NZ Art Show

Applications for the 2022 awards open in November this year. Artists and art lovers interested in the next awards can join our database below.

To view the finalists come to the NZ Art Show

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