The Aotearoa Poster Competition is a new national art event developed in response to the COVID19 related increase in anti-Chinese sentiment and racist behaviour in Aotearoa New Zealand.
We seek original artworks with creative ideas and that ‘wow’ factor to spark conversation.
We're keen to involve secondary and tertiary learners to use the power of art and creativity to reinforce our positive values as an inclusive society. Entrants need to create original art posters that focus on themes relating to ethnic diversity, Chinese New Zealand communities or how people can respond when they see racist behaviour.
The www.AotearoaPoster.com website provides full information to enter the competition as well as resources about the history and diversity of Chinese New Zealand communities, use of imagery and responding to racism as a starting point for potential entrants to start thinking about how they might approach their poster.
The competition is now open and closes on 21 September.
As well as a short-listed popular vote category, there are three judged categories: Young person: 13–17 years, New and emerging artists aged 18 years and over who have never sold an original artwork over $500, and Established artists aged 18 years and over who have sold an original artwork over $500.
Winning artists receive a $500 cash prize, domestic travel and accommodation paid for (as needed) to attend the prize-giving in Wellington on 30 October, and have their entry displayed in city streets nationwide.