Splash® 2017 - Watercolour New Zealand's Annual Exhibition


    • September 30, 2017 - Splash 2017 ENTRY FORMS due.
    • October 6, 10am – 4pm - Delivery by courier: to Watercolour New Zealand/Academy Galleries
    • October 10, 11am – 2pm - Delivery by local artists
    • October 14 – 29, 2017 - Splash 2017 Splash 2017 Exhibition Season.
    • Friday 13-th October 2017 - OPENING
    • October 29, 2017 between 5pm and 6.30pm - Dismount and packing up
Because of a change in the Academy’s exhibition schedule Splash 2017 will now take place in October, 14 – 29 at the Academy Galleries, 1 Queens Wharf, Wellington. Last year the duration of the exhibition was 16 days instead of the usual 9 and this year it will again be 16 days. This gives your paintings almost double the exposure.

This year’s 'Splash' will be a joint exhibition, held in conjunction with Ceramicus, an exhibition by the Wellington Potters’ Association. The exhibition promises to be one of the highlights of the Wellington visual arts calendar. We hope that this collaboration with the potters will develop into a long term partnership as it has significant mutual benefits.

Guest artists for this year’s Splash will be Richard Bolton from Geraldine and Wellington artist Dianne Taylor.

Richard moved from England to Geraldine with his New Zealand born wife in 2004. Early in his painting career his work attracted the attention of publishers. Richard is the author of a number of books on watercolour technique as well as articles in such well known periodicals as The Artist, Leisure Art and Artists and Illustrators.

Dianne is a well known Wellington artist who won the Watercolour New Zealand Portrait Award in 2010 and the French Art Shop People’s Choice Award for her painting Le Café at last year’s Splash. We’re delighted that Dianne and Richard have agreed to be joint guest artists at this year’s exhibition.

If you are local and available to help for the exhibition set up and the roster to man the sales table during the exhibition, we'd love to hear from you.

We hope that your paintbrushes are flying, working on some masterpieces for the show.






Watercolour is a specialised form of painting, primarily and historically a transparent medium painted on paper. However, other water based media such as gouache and acrylic paint are now acceptable, provided they are used with watercolour technique on paper. Works using impasto or other oil colour techniques fall outside this definition. Mixed media works if primarily watercolour but also using ink, pencil, pastel, crayon are acceptable.

• Entry is open to all members of Watercolour New Zealand.
• Open theme.
• A limit of 3 framed paintings per artist. There is no size limit for framed paintings.
• Work must be original and not infringe copyright. No reproduction or art class work is accepted.
• Work must not have been exhibited previously in Wellington.
• Work will not be eligible for selection if presentation conditions are not met. The decision of selectors will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
• All works must be for sale.


• There is a non-refundable entry fee of $10 per work.
• Juniors (under 18 years) do not pay an entry fee.


• Work is to be framed to a professional standard.
• White, off-white or cream mats should be used.
• Framed paintings must have D rings and cord. Attach a swing tag on firm card to the back by a cord. The cord must be long enough for the swing tag to hang down over the top of the painting for cataloguing.
• Stick a tidy label to the back of each work.
• SWING TAG AND LABEL: state artist’s name, title of work and price (including GST)

• These may be used for publicity or displayed on the WNZ Website or Facebook page.
• Photos must be of publishable quality (approx. 500KB).
• Send photos as an email attachment to: johntoft@paradise.net.nz by 30 September 2017.
• Subject line: Splash 2017.
• Each photo file name must be in this format: “Southern Alps” by Kim Black.

• Attach an envelope on the outside of packaging containing your Artist’s Profile or send as an email attachment to johntoft@paradise.net.nz, subject line: Artist’s Profile.

Your Artist’s Profile is an up-to-date statement about yourself as an artist and will be on view in a folder during the exhibition. Your profile should be typed on one A4 sheet and include your name and contact details for prospective buyers.

As a guide you might like to outline your art experience, exhibition history, training, qualifications, and artistic motivation and include a photograph of yourself or your works.


• Insurance of art works while in transit to and from the venue and during the exhibition is the responsibility of the artist.
• The exhibition organisers will take all reasonable care but Watercolour New Zealand will not be liable for any damage or loss of artwork during installation, display and de-installation of the exhibition.


• Commission will be 30% of the selling price.
• Commission is due on exhibited works if sold after the exhibition and within 14 days of the close.
• A voluntary commission of 10% on works commissioned as a result of the exhibition would be appreciated for exhibition marketing expenses.


• Please complete page 3 and attach it to your entry form if you are using a Courier to transport your work to and from the Academy Galleries.

• Delivery by courier: Friday 6 October
10am – 4pm to Watercolour New Zealand
C/- Academy Galleries, 1 Queens Wharf, Wellington.
• Delivery by local artists: Tuesday 10 October 11am – 2pm.
• Early or late entries will not be accepted.

Artists whose paintings are not selected will be
notified by phone or by email before the exhibition

• Sunday 29 October between 5pm and 6.30pm for unsold works from the Academy Galleries.
• Paintings not collected by 6.30pm will be couriered back to the artist with a packaging and courier fee of $60 payable by the artist.

• Post your entry form to Watercolour NZ or complete it online to arrive no later than 30 September 2017.
• Pay your entry fee by cheque posted with entry form, or by direct credit.
• Stick a neat label to the back of each work.
• Attach a swing tag on a cord to back of paintings.
• Attach or email an Artist’s Profile.
• Arrange your own insurance if you require it.
• Arrange delivery of works on Tuesday 10 October between 11am and 2pm.
• Arrange collection of unsold paintings on Sunday 29 October between 5pm and 6.30pm.


We live in an age where artworks are easily available to everyone around the world. To make a living artists need to have some control over how copies of their works are used. Without this the art world would be unfair and creativity would not prosper. In order to address this most countries have a law of copyright.

Under the New Zealand Copyright Act, you as artist are the first owner of the copyright. Copyright in your newly completed painting is automatic. (If the work is commissioned, the person commissioning is the owner of the copyright. If you agree to sell the copyright, the buyer becomes the legal owner.) The copyright in an
artistic work expires at the end of 50 years. You could register the copyright, but only great artists do that. However, you will notice that artists show the copyright symbol, with name and year on their
website: © Alex Jones 2017.

Watercolour New Zealand must avoid exhibiting a work that infringes copyright. For this reason, the terms and conditions on the Splash entry form state: ‘Work must be original. No reproduction or art class work is accepted.’ You, the artist, sign the Splash entry form declaring that you have read these terms and agree to them. You are making a legal statement that your work does not infringe copyright.

We, the committee, rely on your honesty in this. Can you learn to paint by copying the work of other artists? Yes. As Steve Jobs said, ’Expose yourself to the best things humans have done and bring those things into your work.’ Austin Kleon in his lively book Steal Like an Artist (reviewed in newsletter 158) wrote ‘Copying one
= plagiarism; copying many = research,’ but, he says, ‘Try to be like Sargent and you’ll end up being yourself.’ So foster your own points of difference. ‘Take a nugget of something that resonates with you, combine it with your own ideas, transform it into something new and share it, so that others can steal from you!’
But do not submit a copy of another artist’s painting for exhibition.

Paintings created in workshops or classes cannot be submitted for Splash. A painting that you have done which follows a tutor‘s demonstration, whether you paint it in class or at home, is not acceptable. This includes paintings that are modified versions of the tutor‘s original. That work is copyright to the tutor. You can, and
of course should, take the techniques and style that you have learnt, use your own sketches, photographs and composition to create an original painting. Sign and submit!

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