In a collaborative venture with the major Central Auckland art institutions, this Eden Arts initiative presents the very best student works from each of Elam, MIT, Unitec, AUT and Whitecliffe in a single exhibition, awarding a cash prize to the overall winner.

For Eden Arts, this award (launched in 2011) seeks to complement our longstanding annual Young Artists Awards while extending the geographical area in which we can help to promote and support young artists.

The 2019 Art Schools Award took place in late August and was generously hosted by Webb's Auction House in Mt Eden.


The award is open to full-time undergraduates. Five or six student entries are selected from each school and judged by independent judges appointed by Eden Arts. The Overall Winner receives $5,000. Three Highly Commended students each receive $1,000. The Eden Arts Board may also award an additional discretionary award of $500 - the Board's Choice.

The premise of the award is that the art schools rotate as host institution, with Elam as the oldest hosting the inaugural award in July 2011 followed in order by Unitec, Whitecliffe and AUT. Following the completion of the first two four-year cycles, the 2019 event took a break from tradition as it was hosted by Webb's Auction House in Mt Eden rather than at one of the art schools. This year also saw us expand beyond the original Central Auckland geographic area to include students from Manukau Institute of Technology.

Full registration details and rules of entry are available from the individual art schools or contact Cathy Manning from the Eden Arts Board at


The judges for this year's event were artist Sara Hughes, Curator | Kaitiaki Whakaaturanga at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery Ioana Gordon-Smith and freelance writer and curator Francis McWhannell