In a collaborative venture with the 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 winners.

For Eden Arts, this award (launched in 2011) is an extension of our longstanding annual Young Artists Awards while also expanding the geographical area in which we can help to promote and support young artists.

NEW DATES - 6 TO 7 FEBRUARY 2022                            (RESCHEDULED FROM AUGUST 2021)


The award is open to full-time undergraduates. Five 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.

Since 2019 the event has been generously hosted by Webb's Auction House in Mt Eden. The original premise of the award was that the art schools were to rotate as host institution, with Elam as the oldest hosting the inaugural award in July 2011 followed in order by Unitec, Whitecliffe and AUT. Following the completion of the first two four-year cycles the award moved to Webb's in Mt Eden. Also in 2019 the event was expanded beyond the original Central Auckland geographic area to include students from Manukau Institute of Technology.

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 2021 award was originally scheduled to take place in August 2021, but unfortunately coincided with the start of Auckland's sudden Level 4 lockdown. The selected judges were artist Ayesha Greencurator and educator Zoe Black and freelance writer and curator Francis McWhannell. The event has now been rescheduled to Waitangi weekend in early 2022.

Thank you to the selected students and art school staff for their patience - all submissions were in, ready to be installed, the awards ceremony was planned - and then the lockdown was announced just days before the event. We look forward now to being able to resume where we left off. We are also very grateful (as always) to Webb's for accommodating us with new dates so that the 2021 cohort of selected students does not miss out.