EXPERIENCE 2021 WAIMARINO ART AWARDS
Our 18th Year of Celebrating Arts and Photography
Join our Waimarino Art Awards and your share your creativity!
In 2021 we have extra categories and ways you can enter, with up to cash prizes to be awarded.
—Part of previous category award winning painting by founder, Dot Barnes
Waimarino Art Awards Expo
Founded in 1997 by our longest standing member and acclaimed artist Dot Barnes, we ran as the Ohakune Art Awards until 2003 when we re-branded under Waimarino—meaning "Still Waters" in Maori and our governance umbrella sponsor became Raetihi Promotions Charitable Trust. In 2018 we went National, targeting regional NZ. This year our event management and new website have been partner sponsored and managed by registered non profit Flow Trust, founded by Vivienne Tobassa Eggers who has family and cultural community links in the Ruapehu region. Vivienne (M Arts, M Int Law & Human Rights) has significant experience in culture Arts and professional management and charity, including UN advisory for Creative Economy and Transformation.
Our mission is to enable artists and photographers of all ages and skill to showcase their creativity, gain experience, be recognized and have a chance to compete for prizes awarded by our expert judges.
WAA gives locals, visitors and those passionate about creative arts and culture an opportunity to experience, enjoy and even purchase artistic works by our creative talent in New Zealand. Many of our participants are already recognized artists; many more artworks will be valuable assets in the future. Flow Trust collaborates with organisations and people to facilitate creativity projects that build community relationships, enhance our towns, environment and wellness—improving quality of life of our people, in our places and for our planet.
MANY OF OUR WEBSITE IMAGES ARE THE ARTWORKS OF PREVIOUS YEAR ENTRANTS—VIEW MORE IN OUR GALLERY
MANY AWARD CATEGORIES
View the Great Prizes to be Won Here!
OUR SPONSORS PROMOTED
EXHIBITION OF WORKS
Raising the Profile of Community Talent
A WEEK EXPO IN RAETIHI AND ONLINE EXHIBITION
AWARDS DINNER PREMIER
Thanking Judges, Sponsors and Volunteers
AWARDS PREMIER AND FUNDRAISING DINNER.
WHO WE ARE
Here at Waimarino Art Awards, we know that sometimes all it takes to change the world is a little support. Since our founding in 1997, we have been determined to make an impact. The core of our efforts is to bring our team’s fresh ideas and passion to the range of activities we’re involved in. Through all of our endeavours we hope to display the conviction behind our beliefs.
—Photo: Our Founder, 1997 Ruapehu Art Awards, Dot Barnes
OUR KEY PEOPLE
Our Valuable Organisers and Volunteers that Make it Happen
We are grateful for the involvement and assistance of an amazing team of people in our community and creativity culture benefactors beyond our region. We welcome others to get involved and support community wellness and prosperity through creativity and culture.
Thanks to friends and consultants of the Waimarino Art Awards
ROBYN STEVENSON, LEONIE CADMAN, JULES COROWA, BERNICE FROST, HELEN FREDRICKSEN, JENNY DOBSON, HELEN CUSSINS, LAUREN WHALE, RACHEL LYONS, GEOFFERY CULLEN, ALI HOPE, LAUREN THOMPSON, BEX HISCOX, PAULINE PHILLIPS, LOUIS MACQUARRIE, TEENA, SHAZ OCONNELL, ALEX PEARCE, ANN JONES, ANTHEA HATFIELD, PHIL CAMERON, THE ROYAL THEATRE TRUST, AND ALL OUR OTHER WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS AND SPONSORS WHO HAVE SUPPORTED OVER TWENTY TWO YEARS—THANK YOU!!
And Event Coordination
Waimarino Art Awards is currently managed under the NZ Charities Act 2005. The Awards and events are funded by grants, sponsorship and revenue gained from Award activities. Since 2015 WAA event grant funding has received financial reporting accountability by Raetihi Promotions Charitable Trust.
Waimarino Art Awards is managed from 1997 as a non incorporated charitable community development event project.
Thanks to our Contributors
We are currently confirming and updating our list of new and regular supporters; to display all sponsor logos shortly. Would you like to offer your involvement and/or financial support? Please drop us an email or phone call, and learn more of our sponsorship promotion benefits.
Since our very first awards ceremony, we have regularly sought sponsorship from relevant companies and organizations. We sincerely thank all our sponsors this year, whose support has made it possible for our event to happen. Learn more about who they are below (logos and profiles coming soon), and if you’d like to join our growing list of sponsors, get in touch.