5 December 2020 - 17 January 2021

Entries are now open

Artists: it's time to create something special while in self-isolation.

Expressions Whirinaki bi-annual Wellington Regional Arts Review is an opportunity for artists to exhibit original works, in any medium, which has been completed in the last 24 months by artists living and working in the Greater Wellington Region (including Wairarapa and Kapiti).

Entries will be selected by an independent panel of judges and exhibited at Expressions Whirinaki. Prizes are: Supreme prize of $2000, two Merit awards of $500 and the i-SITE People's Choice winner.

Entries close Sunday 1 November 2020

To enter online click here or to download a PDF entry form click here.

The Wellington Regional Arts Review 2020 exhibition is set to be held at Expressions Whirinaki Arts & Entertainment Centre in Upper Hutt from 5 DECEMBER 2020 - 17 JANUARY 2021.

If due to the current situation we are unable to display the artworks, we will still go ahead with a digital online exhibition, artworks will still be judged and winners announced. If possible please send us digital images of your artworks rather than hard-copies. Please email them here.


Sunday 1 November 2020

Last day to receive all entry forms, make sure this includes entry fee and two images.

Thursday 12 November 2020

Pre-judging will be completed and artists will be advised if they have been selected by 19 November 2020. A catalogue will all works included in the Arts Review exhibition will also be posted on the Expressions Whirinaki website.

Sunday 6 December 2020

Exhibition opening at Expressions Whirinaki, 6pm. All entrants welcome regardless of selection outcome.

5 December 2020 - 17 January 2021

Exhibition duration.

Thursday 14 January 2021

People's Choice Award winner notified.

Sunday 17 January 2021

Final day of exhibition.



Any original work in any medium, completed within the last two years by any artist living and working in the Greater Wellington Reigon. Work previously exhibited at Expressions Whirinaki will not be included in the exhibition.


a. Entries can be submitted by filling in the attached form, on our website (www.expressions.org.nz) or by filling in an our online application.
b. Limit of one entry per person.
c. Entry forms must be accompanied by two images. Please do not send original artwork.
d. The entry fee of $20 must accompany the entry form.
e. Entries need to be received by Sunday 1 November 2020.


Entries must be accompanied by two images, one of the whole work and the other of a detail of the work.
b. Due to COVID-19 we do prefer digital images to be sent, however when things return to normal entries that are posted or are processed at reception will require either an un-mounted photograph or a digital print of the artwork, maximum size A4.
c. Online entries and emailed entries require a high quality JPG file format 1-3MB image, no smaller than 800 x 600px.
d. Please note: Images may be used to promote the exhibition.


The judges will select the show from the initial entries. The judge's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


All entrants will be advised as to the outcome of the selection process by Thursday 12 November 2020. Email will be used where possible otherwise notification will be by post. Please ensure you have written your email and postal address clearly on the entry form.


All awards will be announced at the exhibition opening on Sunday 6 December 2020.


5 December 2020 - 17 January 2021


Wet artworks or works that may emit offensive odours or degrade over the course of the exhibition period will NOT be accepted. Work selected for this Review must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition.


Labels identifying your artwork and a packaging label will be sent to the finalists. All artwork received must be clearly labelled.


Artwork must be presented in a manner that facilitates straight forward presentation i.e framed where appropriate and with D rings attached to the work for hanging. All works with an electrical component must be accompanied by a current Safety Certificate from a Master Electrician. Where Expressions Whirinaki has concerns as to safety, security, size or exhibition issues with a specific work this will be discussed with the artist if the work needs to be withdrawn. Because of spatial constraints large installations may not be accepted.


While Expressions Whirinaki will endeavour to protect copyright, work is submitted at the artist's own risk. Any work received into the exhibition may be used for promotional purposes by Expressions Whirinaki.


Freight costs and safety of delivery to and from Expressions Whirinaki will be the sole responsibility of the artist.


Sale price of the work must include the payment to the artist plus Expressions Whirinaki's commission (25% plus GST). Payment for all sold works will be made no later than 20 February 2021. If a work is not available for sale please indicate by entering NFS as the sale price.


The responsibility for insurance for work submitted by or on behalf of an artist (including while in transit) is with the artist or his/her agent. Expressions Whirinaki does not act as an agent for any artist. Expressions Whirinaki will take all reasonable care with the work, but shall not be liable under any circumstance whatsoever for any loss, damage or deterioration caused to any work irrespective of how that damage is caused, while the work is in transit or on display.