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2017 Rotorua Museum Art Awards Exhibition of Finalists


Mon 2 Oct 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm
Tue 3 Oct 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm
Wed 4 Oct 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm
Thu 5 Oct 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 6 Oct 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, 1170 Fenton St, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Rotorua Museum

Highlighting the exceptional talent of artists throughout the Bay of Plenty, this exhibition will showcase winners and finalists from the 2017 Rotorua Museum Art Awards. The exhibition of about 30 works will be on display at Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre from 9 September until 6 October 2017.

This year we received entries of 154 artworks from all over the region, which is the largest number of entries we have had since the art awards were relaunched in 2013.

The Awards will be judged by highly regarded New Zealand art curator and writer Emma Bugden. Bugden has held a number of curatorial roles in New Zealand including Senior Curator at The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, Director of Artspace, Auckland and Curatorial Director at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Manukau.

Bugden will judge three of the four award categories, and will also select the works for the exhibition of finalists.

This year’s awards include the Rotorua Museum Supreme Award with a prize of $10,000, the Friends of Rotorua Museum Emerging Artist Award with a prize of $1,000 and the $1,000 Toi Ohomai Innovation in Art Award.

While the exhibition is on display people can vote for their favourite artwork either in the gallery or via the Rotorua Museum Facebook page. This year the More FM People’s Choice Award will offer $500 to the artist whose work receives the most public votes in the gallery and $500 for the work with the most online votes by the end of the exhibition (6 October 2017).

The 2017 awards are sponsored by Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust, the Friends of Rotorua Museum, Toi Ohomai and More FM.

Entry to the exhibition at the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre is free and will be open daily between 10am – 4pm from 9 September until 6 October 2017.

For the first time this year Rotorua Museum will be displaying works that were not chosen for the finalist exhibition in a Salon des Refusés. This exhibition will be hosted at Rotorua Library (1238 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua) from 14 September until 8 October 2017 (during normal library opening hours).

All artworks from both exhibitions will be on sale to the public throughout the exhibition period.

For further information please contact Rotorua Museum, phone - 07 350 1814 or email

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