Exhibition date: 28 June - 21 July 2024
Official Entries open from 1st April 2024; Final submissions due by 5pm on 3rd June, 2024.
The Emergence Art Awards are back, offering an expanded array of prize categories. Taranaki young artists are encouraged to prepare over the summer break for Stratford’s Percy Thomson Gallery's upcoming competition, the Emergence Art Awards 2024.
The Emergence Art Awards is an art competition and exhibition that spotlights the creative talents of young and emerging artists in Taranaki. To participate, artists must be born in Taranaki, reside in Taranaki, or have attended secondary school in Taranaki and be aged between 13 and 26 years. This competition provides a remarkable platform for these budding artists to showcase their work to a wider audience.
Entries for the 2024 Emergence Art Awards will open from 1 April until 3 June 2024. The finalist’s’ work will be exhibited at the Percy Thomson Gallery from 28 June to 21 July 2024.
The Emergence Art Awards 2024 is proudly supported by the Taranaki Foundation through the Taranaki Hauora Fund, established in 2018 in memory of Leon Squire, son of Kelvin and Carolyn Squire. The Fund focuses on the hauora (well-being) of rangatahi (young people) and the nurturing of their creativity.
Emergence is a bi-annual event and was first held in 2018.
To enter EMERGENCE the young artist must be born in Taranaki, live in Taranaki, or have attended secondary school in Taranaki and be aged 13 to 26 years on June 3rd, 2024.
About the Emergence Awards
The Emergence Awards is a biennial Taranaki-based art competition and exhibition held at the Percy Thomson Gallery, Stratford that celebrates the emerging creative talents of young artists in the Taranaki community. Established in 2018, this event has become a significant platform for young artists to showcase their work and gain recognition.
About the Taranaki Foundation
The Taranaki Foundation is one of 17 community foundations throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. It enables people in Taranaki to donate to their favourite causes, or to give to a general fund, with the mission to inspire and enable giving for a thriving Taranaki now and for generations to come. The Foundation invests and grows donations, distributing the investment returns earned, so that the gift keeps giving. Through this model, the foundation builds reliable, permanent funding streams to support long-term community transformation.
How do I enter?
Entries officially open from 1 April to 3 June 2024. The link will be at the top of this page from 1st April. Stay tuned!
What do I need to have prepared before I enter?
Complete and photograph your artwork.
Fill in your online entry form.
The Gallery Director will email you after 3rd June 2024, to say if you've been successful with your entry.
Ensure that you can deliver your artwork to Percy Thomson Gallery, in Stratford, before Monday 24th June.
Taranaki Foundation Chief Executive, Josh Hickford, emphasised the importance of supporting young emerging artists, stating, "We have a huge pool of creative talent in Taranaki, and it is great to support the awards, which provide an opportunity to showcase these young emerging artists."
Gallery Director, Laura Campbell, believes in the transformative power of the Emergence Awards for aspiring young artists in the region. She commented, "Emergence is all about providing a rare experience for our young people to show their abilities, allowing them to see their work in a public gallery and grow their creative confidence."
In 2024, the Emergence Awards features an exciting array of prizes, with 22 different awards available for participants. These awards range from category prizes for photography, 2D and 3D art, fibre art, Māori art, Taranaki schools prizes, and people's choice awards. The competition provides an opportunity for artists to not only gain recognition but also offer them the possibility of selling their work.
2024 Full List of Prizes:
- Supreme Winner: $2,000 + solo exhibition at PTG in future.
- Second Place: $1,000
- Third Place: $750
- Highly Commended: $500 (x2)
- Photography Winner: $500
- Painting Winner: $500
- 2D (Other than Painting): $500
- 3D Winner: $500
- Fibre Art Winner: $500
Secondary School Awards
- Winner Secondary School: $750
- Second Secondary School: $500
- Third Secondary School: $250
- Merit 13-14 years: $100
- Merit 15-19 years: $100
- Toi Maori Winner: $500
- Toi Maori Highly Commended: $300
- First-time Exhibitor Winner: $300
- Taranaki Foundation Choice: $300
- Judges’ Encouragement: $300
- Director’s Choice: $300
- People's Choice: $500
Previous Emergence Winners