Splash® 2016 - Watercolour New Zealand's Annual Exhibition

15 - 30 October 2016 @ NZ Academy of Fine Arts, 1 Queens Wharf, Wellington

Splash 2016 was a great success. Over 3000 people visited the show and the response from the public was overwhelmingly positive: “Beautiful,” “Brilliant,” “Amazing,” were frequently heard comments. “So much beautiful work here – makes me keen to have a go at watercolour,” said one visitor. “There are paintings here of gallery standard,” commented another. When it was pointed out to him that this was a gallery, he said “I meant National Gallery.” The only complaint, and it was a common one, came from visitors who said there were so many good paintings that they couldn’t vote in the French Art Shop People’s Choice Award because they found it impossible to pick a single favourite.

The success of a show like this depends first and foremost on the quality of the paintings that you, our members, submit so we’re grateful those of you who sent us their work. This year for the first time we included a junior section, an initiative which attracted a lot of interest and favourable comment. Three of the six paintings in this section sold. We hope the junior section will go from strength to strength as these artists represent the future of watercolour.

We would like to thank the Wellington City Council’s Arts and Culture Fund for their grant which helped cover the costs of running the exhibition, as well as Gordon Harris, for their sponsorship of the awards for Innovation in Watercolour and Best Painting by a Junior, and the French Art Shop, who sponsor the People’s Choice Award.

Next year’s Splash will take place in September. Dianne Taylor, who sold all three of her paintings on opening night, said she started planning her paintings for the exhibition in February. I hope you will likewise plan ahead for next year’s show so that we can continue to provide a top quality showcase for New Zealand watercolour.

John Toft
President, Watercolour New Zealand Inc.
  • Joint winner of the Watercolour New Zealand Supreme Award at Splash 2016 "Lake Brunner" by Adrienne Pavelka
  • Joint Winner of the Watercolour New Zealand Supreme Award and 2nd place in The French Art Shop People’s Choice Award "Soren" by Marcus Ebbett
  • Winner of the Gordon Harris Junior Award "Matt’s House, Otaki" by Jamie Lewis
  • Winner of the Gordon Harris Award for Innovation in Watercolour "The Green Rose" by Michael Barker
  • The People’s Choice Award Sponsored by The French Art Shop
    • 1-st Place "Le Café" by Dianne Taylor
    • 2-nd Place "Soren" by Marcus Ebbett
    • 3-rd Place "Stony Creek Terrace, Skippers Canyon" by South Island artist Maurice Middleditch