Welcome to the R.T Nelson Awards for Sculpture 2024. We’re excited to be working with you and look forward to see all the sculptures together.

This handbook is confidential, is restricted to to finalists of the R.T Nelson Awards for Sculpture 2024 and is intended to help you prepare your art for delivery and collection after the exhibition.
Please ensure your artwork complies with our terms and conditions.

If you have any queries regarding the information listed here, please contact awards@artshow.co.nz or phone 04-387-4370 / 022 68 57 884



  1. Decide how you you will deliver your artworks – courier or hand delivery. Dates and times are in the timeline and more information is listed below
  2. When your work is complete, fill in the submission form. Due by May 8. Link to submission form here.
  3. Send images of completed works to awards@artshow.co.nz. They are going to added to our website so they must be well-photographed with clean and clear backgrounds They must be jpegs, not pdf or word doc, and at least in the size range of 600KB.
  4. Send images of you at work in your studio. These will be used on our promotional platforms and in a slideshow as part of the exhibition. They must be jpegs, not pdf or word doc, and at least in the size range of 600KB.


We’ll send you directions on where to deliver your artworks, with a map and delivery labels for you to print out should you choose to use.


Please label your artwork. We’ll provide display art labels.


  1. You are responsible for all delivery costs.
  2. There are two delivery option: courier or hand delivery
  3. Courier Delivery: Artwork is to be delivered to the venue on Monday May 27. The venue will not accept any packages any earlier than that date.
  4. Hand delivery: Please deliver to the venue on Monday 27 May, 10am – 2pm.
  5. If your artwork is delicate or requires assembly, please hand deliver and install the piece on Tuesday 28 May. At this stage the time is most likely to be 11am, but we’ll let you know if that time changes.


  1. All sales will be conducted through the NZ Art Show sales system.
  2. Artworks will stay on display for the duration of the show and sold artworks can be uplifted by the purchaser on Sunday afternoon.
  3. There is a commission of 25% on all sales.
  4. For non-GST registered artists, there is GST applied to the commission.
  5. Artists will get paid by July 20, but we will endeavour to pay as soon as possible.


  1. We’ll notify artists if they have made sales.
  2. We will retain the packaging you provide, unless it gets too damaged to re-use.
  3. All artworks must be signed out before leaving the venue
  4. There are two methods of collection: hand and courier


  1. There are two dates you can collect directly from the venue: Sunday June 2 or Monday June 3
  2. Sunday June 2, 6.30pm: If your artwork is delicate or requires disassembly, you must come on this evening. If your work has sold you are responsible for delivering it to the new owner. We recommend that other artists also come this evening and pack down their artworks.
  3. Monday June 3 – 10am. Please come to the front foyer to collect your art – we’ll have it packed for you. You must sign it out with our staff.


  1. Either mail return courier tickets to us to arrive by May 17: R.T Nelson Awards for Sculpture, C/- NZ Art Show, PO Box 14817, Wellington 6241 . Do not include courier tickets with your artwork as they might get lost in the packaging.
  2. OR organise a Freight Forward with your choice of freight company, to be collected from the venue on the morning of June 4..


March 21Submission form open
March – MayArtists create artworks
May 1Artists receive resources – delivery label and map to venue
May 8 – WedSubmission forms due
May 17 – FriReturn courier tickets due for those who have selected this option
May 27 -MonCourier and hand delivery of artworks to TSB Arena, Wellington. 10am -2pm for hand delivery.
May 28 – TuesSculptures that are delicate or require assembly: artists to deliver and install. TIme to be arranged with management.
May 30 – Thurs10.30am – Winners announced at VIP preview NZ Art Show: all finalists are invited.
Exhibition open to Friends and sponsors at VIP preview and Gala evening.
All artworks for sale.
May 31 – June 2Sculpture awards exhibition open to public hosted by the 2023 NZ Art Show. All artworks for sale.
Artists will be notified if their artwork sells.
June 2nd – Sun6.30: Artists uninstall artworks.
Artworks that are delicate and / or require disassembly must be uninstalled by the artist at this time, even if the artwork is sold
June 3 – MonArtists may collect unsold artwork in person from TSB Arena – 10am. This is the last day for hand collection.
June 4 – TuesCourier unsold artworks to artists from TSB Arena venue.
NB: The morning of June 4th is the last day for all unsold artworks to be collected.
July 20Artists who have sold artworks will be paid by this date – we will make every endeavour to pay artists well before this date.