Entries Close Tuesday, 1st December 2021, 5pm.

Artist entries will be confirmed on the 4th December via email.

1 entry per artist. The Round Canvas is counted as one entry,

Delivery of Artwork. Courier deliveries to be delivered between Monday 13th and Thursday, 17th December  2021, between 10 am - 3pm. All other artwork (hand-delivered) must arrive on Tuesday, January 12th 2022 between 10am-2pm.




New category for the 2021 exhibition – The Round Corner. 

We want to see what you can do to make your round canvas / board stand out from the others, think outside the circle! There is no theme so let your creativity have fun!


There is a prize for the best round to the value of $500.00 (kindly sponsored by Yeverly McCarthy)


Entry Requirements

• All work must be done on a 16” (40cm) round canvas or board. Artist to buy their own.

• All artwork is to be for sale and priced under $1000. Please refer to the Selling Art section below for info on selling art.

• All rounds will be considered for the major prizes also. This is counted as one entry and therefore you cannot enter another piece in the competition.

• Only one entry per person. Your round will be included in the overall competition.

• We are limited on space for 32 rounds – please email us to confirm your round space aspiringartprize@gmail.com

• The official entry form will be available to fill out on the 1st October 2021 - see entry page on this website, please tick the Round Corner box.

Additional Aspiring Art Prize rules apply. Please read these below.



  1. The prize is open to any adult (18 years or older as of January 1st of the year of the Exhibition), open to all
    New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.
    Artists are only allowed to enter one piece of art.

  2. Art Medium: Organisers request an original, two-dimensional work only ie: painting, drawing, artist prints and mixed media. Photographs will NOT be accepted unless part of mixed media work. Works can be framed or unframed but must be ready to hang and have the full contact details of the artist and details of the work on the reverse. A brief summary of the artwork being submitted as well as a CV of the artist would be helpful for the judging.

  3. Art Size. Only one work per artist may be submitted of a size not greater than approximately 1 square metre in area. For example 1m x 1m, 90cm x 110cm.

  4. Images: All artists must supply a high res image of their completed artwork. This can be done after you have entered if more time is needed.
    Also a
    s part of our COVID response plan, we are creating an online catalogue, that can become an online shop, should we change COVID levels. This requires a high res photograph of your artwork. If you have any questions, please email us at aspiringartprize@gmail.com

  5. Exhibited Art. The artwork entered should NOT have been exhibited to the public either for sale and/or in any other art prize, competition or for judging on any previous occasion, whether the work was exhibited in a gallery, showroom, online gallery or any other public place. Any entry that has been shown previously is ineligible for entry and will be excluded from the Exhibit or the Awards by the organisers. Entrants, who are at art school/university where the work was exhibited for assessment or year-end showing on campus are granted an exemption from this condition. 
    Social Media: we are happy for entrants to show progress images of their artwork on social media. We would like it if the final piece is not put up online and not for sale on these pages ie Facebook and Instagram.

  6. Organisers and judges reserve the right to reject any work they deem indecent or inappropriate. 

  7. The organisers reserve the right to select or exclude any of the entries. In the event of the total number of entries submitted exceeding 120 works, the organisers reserve the right to make a selection of the final artworks that will be judged and exhibited or to modify the closing date for entries. In general, works will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. The decision as to selection will be based on the criteria that have established by the Aspiring Art Prize organising committee and their decision will be final and no discussion will be entered into. The exhibition of selected works will be held for four days from the 9th to the 12th of January following the Prize Giving to be held on Friday 14th January 2022 at 6.00pm. The exhibition closes on Tuesday 18th January, 2022 at 4pm. 

  8. The judges’ decision will be final and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into. 

  9. Selling Art: All entrants must offer their work for sale. A sales commission of 25% will be deducted from the artist’s payment for any sold items during the exhibition. 

  10. The artist gives the organisers the right to exhibit their work and sell it on their behalf. The artist also gives the organisers permission to use photos or images of their work for marketing and promotional purposes.

  11. Delivery of artwork.  Due to the event falling close to the Christmas and New Year holidays, we have moved forward the date of courier deliveries between Monday 13th and 17th Thursday, December 2021, between 10am-3pm. All other artwork (hand-delivered) must arrive on Tuesday, January 12th 2022 between 10am-3pm. Please contact us if you have any queries about delivery.

  12. Entrants will be responsible for getting their work to the school on the date advertised. They will also be responsible for organising the removal of unsold works and these items must be removed on Thursday 18th January 2022 between the hours of 10 am - 2 pm. Any works delivered or collected from the site by courier must be arranged and pre-paid by the Entrant. The premises will be closed after this date so the collection is essential. Any Entrant who fails to pick up unsold artwork by this date will be charged $10 a day for storage of the artwork. The Organisers accept no responsibility for artwork that is lost during transit to or from the school and the artists should ensure that their work is appropriately insured. 

  13. Return of unsold artwork: Please provide a pre-paid return courier ticket for the return of unsold artwork sure these are clearly labelled (artists name) in an envelope either attached to the packaging or at the back of the artwork.

  14. Entry Form Date: All entrants are required to fill in the online entry form and have paid the entry fee of $25.00 in full prior to the acceptance of their work by the Organisers. The final date of entry is Tuesday, 1st December 2021. Any changes to the details provided in the entry form must be made in writing by emailing the changes required to the organisers. No changes can be made once the artwork has been delivered after 4 pm on the date the artwork is to be delivered to the exhibition.

  15. Insurance: All costs of transport and insurance are the responsibility of the artist. The organisers cannot be held responsible for any damage to works in transit. Every effort will be made to ensure that all work is handled with the greatest of care.

  16. The organisers reserve the right to modify or cancel the dates, agenda, content, prizes or conditions of the event, without restriction or prior notification, if they deem this to be necessary. In the case of cancellation of the event before the Prize Giving, all entry fees paid in full will be refunded to the artist.