Splash®, Watercolour New Zealand’s national watercolour exhibition
featured the best of New Zealand watercolour artists.


• Entry is open to all members of Watercolour New Zealand.
• Open theme.
• A limit of 3 large framed & 2 small paintings per artist.
• 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.
• Media: 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.


There is a non-refundable entry fee:
    • $15 per large painting,
    • $7.50 per small painting (The size of these paintings (width times height, excluding frame and mat) must not exceed 200 square cm).
Juniors (under 18 years) do not pay an entry fee.


• Work is to be framed to a professional standard. (Read this article on framing )
• 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 website,Facebook or Twitter.
• Photos must be of publishable quality (approx. 500KB).
• Send photos as an email attachment.
• Subject line: Splash.
• 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: Monday 12 November
• Delivery by local artists: Sunday 11 November 11 am - 2 pm
• 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 opens.


    • Post your entry form to Watercolour NZ or complete it online.
    • 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.
    • Arrange collection of unsold paintings.


By Sue Wild

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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