Artists participating in the R.T Nelson Awards for Sculpture agree to be bound by these terms.

Please not that these terms may be subject to change at any time: any changes will be communicated to nominated artists at the time.



  • Must be a living New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • If selected as a finalist, all artworks must be made specifically for the awards.


  • May be wall-hung, floor standing or displayed on a plinth. R.T Nelson can provide a plinth on request. Artworks may not be suspended from the ceiling
  • Size limit: No more than 80cm x 80cm and 80cm on the longest side
  • Weight limit: for health and safety purposes, each sculpture must be able to be carried comfortably by one person with low to average strength.
  • Weight limit: for wall-hung pieces, there is a weight limit of 5kgs as the walls are not strong enough to hold heavy items
  • Medium: any material is acceptable
  • Domestic furniture and domestic textile crafts are not eligible
  • All artworks must be new, original and not a copy of someone else’s art
  • Collaborative works are permitted
  • Finalist’s pieces must be made especially for the awards and are not shown prior to the awards


  • Finalists acknowledge that images of the artist and artworks may be used as part of publicity for the award and the NZ Art Show:  this includes, but is not limited to, flyers, posters, billboards, social media, website, news articles and promotional activity. As this publicity forms part of the marketing strategy for the award, artists will not receive remuneration for the use of their images
  • Any images of the R.T Nelson Awards for Sculpture exhibition and exhibiting artworks as commissioned by the Awards management team remain the property of the R.T Nelson Awards for Sculpture who reserve the right to use those images at their discretion



  • All artwork must be for sale. Artworks may not be sold prior to the exhibition, unless it’s sold through R.T Nelson Awards Foundation
  • Finalists will price their artworks (inclusive of commission)
  • A 25% commission applies
  • If an agent or dealer has entered an artist, then any revenue generated by sales  may, if agreed to by the artist, be paid to the dealer minus the commission
  • All sales will be made at the exhibition and artists will be paid, minus commission and GST on commission, by 20 July 2024
  • Sold artworks will remain on exhibit for the duration of the awards exhibition
  • The sculpture awards exhibition will be dismantled on Sunday June 4th: the exhibition is not open to the public on Sunday 4th.
  • The R.T Nelson Awards  for sculpture team will be responsible for the delivery of sold artworks to their new owners with the exception of delicate or artworks that require assembly: the artist will be responsible for delivering those artworks

10.  TAX & GST

  • All taxation liabilities will be the responsibility of all individual artists
  • GST Registered artists will be responsible for all GST liabilities
  • Artists who are not GST registered:  R.T Nelson Awards for Sculpture management will charge GST on the commission
  • For more information or clarification, please contact an accountant or the IRD


  • The R.T Nelson Awards for Sculpture does not provide insurance cover therefore artists are strongly advised to make their own insurance arrangements in order to protect their work while in transit, in storage awaiting exhibition, at the exhibition and pending return to artist
  • While the R.T Nelson Awards for Sculpture Team will use its best endeavours to protect your artwork while in its care, the artist acknowledges that R.T Nelson Awards for Sculpture accepts no responsibility for any loss or damage caused to the art in transit or while in its care. Therefore, all efforts to retrieve lost art or repair damages are the full responsibility of the artist


  • Should the exhibition  be postponed or cancelled due to exceptional and unavoidable circumstances, alternative arrangements for final judging will be advised at the time


  • Finalists must follow the terms and conditions or their artwork may be withheld from the finalists’ exhibition
  • The R.T  Nelson Awards for Sculpture management reserve the right to change or amend these Terms & Conditions at any time. Artists will be notified of any changes