The Lysaght Watt Trust Art Award 2020 was postponed this year due to Covid-19 and its necessary restrictions.  However we are delighted to call for entries to the 2021 Art Award and attach the entry form, conditions of entry and artist guidelines below. 

We thank our community of artists and creatives for their patience during these unusual, unsettling times, and look forward to a great competition next year.  

For a copy of the important dates, terms and conditions of entry and the editable entry for for the Lysaght Watt Trust Art Award please click below.


The inaugural Lysaght Watt Trust Art Award was held in 2013 at the Lysaght Watt Gallery in Hawera, South Taranaki.

The major prize of $3000 (sponsored by the Lysaght Watt Trust), as well as several other sponsored prizes, continues to draw entries from artists throughout New Zealand.

A different theme is selected annually, with past themes including Daily life, Yin Yang, Self Portrait and Rising.

An esteemed member of the New Zealand Art community is invited each year to judge the entries and select the overall winner. They also choose the winners of the individual prize categories, including 3D, 2D and Local Artist. A gala evening is held at the Lysaght Watt Gallery to announce the winners and open the exhibition. The People’s Choice Award is given to the artwork with the most votes from the public by the end of the show.

Click here to see all the past winners