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18th Annual Estuary Art and Ecology Awards

Entries open for Aotearoa's Art and Ecology Awards


Uxbridge Arts and Culture


May 31, 2024

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Apr 10, 2024

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Apr 11, 2024

The 18th edition of the Estuary Art and Ecology Awards will take place at UXBRIDGE Arts and Culture in Howick from 6 July to 31 August 2024. 


Recognised nationally as Aotearoa’s only art award dedicated to ecological themes, the Estuary Art and Ecology Awards invite contemporary artists to produce new works of art that research and respond to environmental concerns around the Tāmaki Estuary and its extensive tributaries. 


With a total prize pool of $9,800, the winning artworks are intelligent and innovative responses to ecology in the field of contemporary art, cultivating local talents and bringing awareness to our Taonga.


Generously supported by Howick Local Board, the Rice Family Partnership, Gordon Harris Art Supplies and the Tāmaki Estuary Environmental Forum (TEEF).


Judging the Estuary Awards in 2024 is conservationist and ecologist Annette Lees, author of numerous acclaimed non-fiction books exploring our relationship with the natural world including Swim and After Dark.


Artists can submit entries for the awards between 1 April and 31 May 2024 with entry forms and terms and conditions available through the UXBRIDGE website. Finalists will be notified by 14 June and their work will be displayed in the Malcolm Smith Gallery at UXBRIDGE from 6 July to 31 August.  Winners will be announced at the opening function on 6 July with the People’s Choice Award announced on 6 September. 


Entry forms and terms and conditions are available at 



UXBRIDGE Arts and Culture


UXBRIDGE Arts and Culture is East Auckland’s creative hub. Annually around 100,000 people make use of the Centre, participating in classes, workshops, programmes, events, and exhibitions or using UXBRIDGE as a base for community activities and hire.


UXBRIDGE is located just 50 meters from the centre of Howick Village on Uxbridge Road, next to the library. Howick is connected to Auckland’s CBD via bus and ferry with bus stops located on either end of Picton Street. There are also bus connections from Manukau & South Auckland and local services within East Auckland. 



Image: Estuary Art and Ecology Awards (2018), Caroline Burton - Sediments' Story and Celia Walker - Lost Forests - Tāmaki. Courtesy of with Georgina Evatt.