Please note these terms are under review and may be subject to change, we’ll notify all applicants of any changes.

Artists making an application for The R.T Nelson Awards for Sculpture agree to be bound by these terms.

Applications close 20 January 2023.



  • All applicants must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • All artwork presented must be by a living person
  • Applicants apply via www.sculptureawards.nz
  • Applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee of $30 for each work with a limit of two artworks
  • Applicants are responsible for notifying their dealers and agents about their application


  • Artworks must be made specifically for this award and not be exhibited anywhere else before this award
  • Artwork may be wall-hung, floor standing or displayed on a plinth. R.T Nelson can provide a plinth on request
  • Size limit: no more than 80cm x 80cm and 100cm on the longest side
  • Weight limit: no more than 20kgs: must be able to be carried comfortably by one person
  • Medium: any media is acceptable – traditional materials are encouraged e.g.  metal, wood, clay, stone or glass.
  • Domestic furniture and domestic textile crafts are not eligible
  • Concept drawings may be submitted for the application
  • All artworks must be new, original and not a copy of someone else’s art
  • Collaborative works will be considered



  • All applications will be assessed by a panel of judges via digital images
  • Artists must email 6 images for each work from different angles
    • if the work isn’t complete in time for selection; drawings and concepts will be considered;  examples of past work will need to be included with the application
  • Artists must submit a biography of no more than A4 size: include recent exhibitions, study history, awards and any other useful information. Also, include the story behind the artwork
  • All of this information must be received no later than 30 January 2023
  • Please email application information to awards@artshow.co.nz


  • Up to 50 finalists will be selected by a selection panel
  • Their decision will be final and no correspondence between the judges and applicants regarding the selection process will be permitted
  • Finalists will be notified by 10 February 2023
  • All selected finalists must confirm their selection and must exhibit in the R.T Nelson Awards for Sculpture exhibition at the 2023 NZ Art Show
  • Artwork must be ready for exhibition by 29 May 2023



  • All finalist artworks must be delivered to the TSB Arena on the dates specified in the Artist Timeline
  • Delicate works or sculptures that require assembly must be installed and packed out by the artist
  • Artists are responsible for the costs of freight to the show and the return of any unsold artworks after the show
  • There are two options available for delivery and collection after the show – COURIER or HAND DELIVERY
  • Delivery and collection will be directly to and from the venue.
  • Finalists will receive full instructions for dates and addresses for delivery and post-show collection
  • Uncollected artworks will be retained by the R.T Nelson Awards for Sculpture as a donation


  • It is possible that you will be required to wear masks and follow safe distancing practice: please be prepared to do so


  • The finalists will be exhibited June  1 – 3 at the TSB Arena, Wellington, hosted by the NZ Art Show 2023
  • All finalist artworks will be displayed to the public from June 2 – 3
  • June 1: There is a VIP preview in the morning and a Gala event in the evening. Both of these events are private and there are no ticket sales for these
  • Finalists are invited to the VIP Preview, but not to the Gala
  • June 2 and 3: the exhibition  is open to the public – tickets will be made available for sale on the NZ Art Show website and at the venue during the show
  • The NZ Art Show maintains full curatorial control of the R.T Nelson Awards for Sculpture exhibition space and artists may not enter into any discussion about where their artwork is exhibited.


  • A judge will select the winners prior to the exhibition opening to the public.
  • The award recipients will be notified by 1 June 2023.
  • The announcement of the award recipients will take place at a private function at the TSB Arena, Wellington on 1 June 2023
  • The prize pool comprises a Premier Award of $15,000 and five Highly Commended Awards of $1,000


  • Finalists acknowledge that images submitted by the artist may be used as part of publicity for the award:  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 2023 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.
  • Finalists will price their artworks (inclusive of commission)
  • A price limit set at $20,000
  • A 25% commission applies
  • If an agent or dealer has entered an artist, then the sale will be subject to the commission set by the agent: the R.T Nelson Awards will not retain commission
  • All sales will be made at the exhibition and artists will be paid, minus commission and GST on commission, by 20 July 2023
  • 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

11.  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


  • Any artists who breach any of the terms and conditions may have their artwork withheld from the show with no refund on any fees
  • The R.T  Nelson Awards for Sculpture management reserve the right to change or amend these Terms & Conditions at any time. Changes will be displayed on www.sculptureawards.nz and will have immediate effect