Art Competition

Don’t miss out on visiting The Royal Easter Show Art Competition, the largest in New Zealand, showcasing some of the country’s finest paintings, glass, ceramics, photography, woodcraft and sculpture.

This ‘must-see’ exhibition will delight and amaze you with all works publicly displayed and available for purchase throughout the five days of the show.  

This exhibition is open to all artists, and there is no dreaded selection process. Our aim is to provide a place for professional artists to beginners to display and sell their art.



2021 Art Schedule

Check the schedule here

Entries are now open for New Zealand’s largest art competition. If you enjoy making beautiful art, here is your chance to not only enter to win prize money – however exhibit your piece at the Royal Easter Show where you will have the ability to sell your art.

Youth Competitions


The Royal Easter Show Art Awards 2020 are delighted to offer two competitions that are ideal for budding young authors and photographers for a project over the holidays

The Royal Easter Show ‘Write a Children’s Short Story Competition’ is open to youngsters in three  divisions, aged 5 – 9; aged 10 – 4 and aged 15 -18.

Stories must be original, not exceed 1,000 words and can include illustrations. They must be suitable for children and contain no offensive words. The winning story in each division will earn a prize.


The Royal Easter Show Young Photographer of the Year 2020 has been designed to encourage  young photographers to enter their favourite photos. There are two age divisions: Youth aged 5 – 11 and Youth aged 12 – 18. Each photographer can submit three photos. A trophy will be donated to the overall Best Young Photographer in Show from these sections. Each age group 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners will receive a prize. We also offer Youth Art Competitions in Painting and Ceramic & Pottery (10 – 18 years of age).