Splash® + Ceramicus 2019

Watercolour New Zealand Splash Exhibition WE HOPE YOU’RE HARD AT WORK producing your masterpieces for this year’s show. Once again we’re holding a joint exhibition with the Wellington Potters’ Association. Our exhibition has firmly established itself as one of the highlights of the Wellington visual arts calendar, attracting over 3,300 visitors last year.

Guest artist this year is well-known Christchurch painter Min Kim, winner of the Watercolour New Zealand Supreme Award in 2018.

We’re anticipating another top-class exhibition in November.

Venue: The NZ Academy of Fine Arts, 1 Queens Wharf, Wellington

Monday 14 Oct Closing date for Splash 2019 entry forms

Wednesday 23 Oct Delivery day for couriered entries to: Watercolour New Zealand, c/- Pack & Send, 103 Thorndon Quay, Wellington

Tuesday 29 Oct Receiving day for entries delivered by hand 4pm–6.30pm

Friday 1 Nov Splash 2019 Opening

2 Nov – 17 Nov Splash 2019 exhibition season

Sunday 17 Nov Collection of unsold paintings 5pm–6.30pm

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Watercolour New Zealand Splash Exhibition
Kingfisher by Min Kim, Guest Artist at Splash 2019

Grumpy Old Organisers

Because of the timing of this year’s show – the set up takes place immediately after an exhibition which closes on the Monday of Labour Weekend – we will have less time to complete the layout
and hang the paintings. Consequently your entry form must include the titles of your paintings and their prices. “To be announced” is not acceptable. Completing the layout, hanging and cataloguing is a stressful undertaking, performed under tight time constraints. It is your responsibility to get yourself organised ahead of time to make our job as easy as possible. Don’t leave it till the last minute. Be warned: we will not be altering titles or changing prices. You need to get it right on your entry form.

Layout of the show is a major task, designed to attract viewers to each and every area of the gallery, with special attractions being placed accordingly. The layout team places paintings by subject, colour, style, size and sometimes framing. Each year we hear a few artists grumbling that their paintings aren’t hung in the prime position they feel they deserve. It’s worth noting that often these paintings, or ones alongside them, end up selling. Sales happen in all corners.

Small Paintings

These proved popular with buyers last year. In an effort to make things easier to understand, this year there is a maximum frame size for small paintings of 8” x 10” (20 x 25cm). This is a standard frame size. Ready-made frames in this size are sold by retail chains (eg. Briscoes). However, these ready-made frames usually come with a hardboard backing board, which is not acid free.

You must replace this with acid free foam board, available from most art supply shops. It is one of the terms and conditions of the exhibition that work is to be framed to a professional standard.
You owe it to potential purchasers of your paintings to offer them a work that will not deteriorate over time.

Advice on framing and courier boxes

See the article on framing and more instructions on frames, mounts and backing.

Each year the volunteer team has to cope with inadequate, crumbling courier boxes. Buy a box suitable for transporting paintings – Google it! – or make your own (see article by Sue Wild on How to build your own courier box).


You cannot submit a painting that is a copy of another artist’s

Watercolour New Zealand offers a smorgasbord of classes. Our members learn and paint during our classes and at workshops run by other organisations. So, what can be submitted for exhibition?
The entry states: “Work must be original. No reproduction or art class work is accepted.” So, you should not submit a painting that you have done which follows a tutor‘s demonstration, whether you paint it in class or at home. This includes paintings that are modified versions of the tutor‘s original. That particular work is copyright to the tutor, who may intend to use it for a finished gallery work. Nor can you submit a painting which has been done copying an online tutorial. You can, and of course should, take the techniques and style that you have learnt and use your own sketches, photographs and composition to create an original painting. Sign and submit!

Please note also, paintings that are reproductions of professional photographs or artworks published in books and magazines will be disallowed by the selectors.

By the way, when you sell a painting, you do not automatically sell the copyright. The copyright remains yours unless you explicitly agree to relinquish it. However if you receive a commission
for a painting, the customer owns the copyright.

Volunteers needed

We depend on volunteers for all aspects of the exhibition. If you can help with any part of it: receiving, set up, hanging, minding or pack up then please get in touch with us. We look forward to seeing you at the show.

Min Kim, Guest Artist for Splash 2019

Min was born in 1971 in South Korea, the daughter of painter Kevin Kim. From early childhood she drew and painted, then studied at the Jung Ang Fine Art University. She next worked as an interior designer and illustrator in South Korea.

Min first visited New Zealand in 1998 as a backpacker. She spent 45 days travelling from Cape Reinga to Dunedin, fell in love with the country and decided to immigrate. Min settled in Christchurch in 1999 and became a full-time artist.

In 2007, Min moved to Italy to further her art studies in Florence, where she lived and studied for 3 years. Her time in Italy, experiencing its historical wealth, vibrant colours and unique atmosphere touched her deeply.

Min has won a number of awards for her work including second prize in 2007 in the Salon International (USA) Art Awards where she was also a finalist in 2008–2012. She won the French Art Shop People’s Choice Award in Splash 2013 and the Watercolour New Zealand Supreme Award in 2018.

Min is the owner of Christchurch’s Bryce Gallery. She has two passions, painting and travelling, which she has combined for most of her professional life as an artist.

Previous Splash® Exhibitions

Splash 2018 was held from 16 November to 1 December 2018 at The NZ Academy of Fine Arts Gallery

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