In a collaborative venture with the four major Central Auckland art institutions, this Eden Arts initiative presents the very best student works from each of Elam, 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 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.

Elam, Unitec, Whitecliffe and AUT rotate as the host institution, with Elam as the oldest hosting the inaugural award in July 2011 followed in order by Unitec, Whitecliffe and AUT.

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 eighth year of the event was hosted by AUT University's School of Art & Design at their ST PAUL St Gallery. AUT first hosted the event in 2014. This year completes the second four-year host rotation of the award between the four art schools.

The announcement of winners was made at an award evening on Thursday 19 July (invitation event). The exhibition was open for public viewing from Friday 20 July to Friday 3 August.

The 2018 judging panel, appointed by the Eden Arts Trust, was made up of artists Denys Watkins and Peata Larkin, and Te Tuhi Artistic Director Gabriela Salgado. Judging is strictly anonymous with no names or details of schools being made available to the judges.

A guided floor walk of the award exhibition was held on Saturday 21 July at 2pm.



Congratulations to the 20 finalists put forward by their art schools to take part in the award.

View list of all 2018 finalists

The 2018 award winners were: