Te Tai o Poutini Art Awards is a regional art competition that showcases and supports local artists, and celebrates excellence in West Coast visual arts.

The inaugural Art Awards have been funded by an ‘Arts Continuity Grant’ from Creative NZ as part of the Government’s Covid response package.

The OUTCOMES of the project are:

  • To support West Coast artists by offering a free online platform to show their work and profile themselves in the wake of the Covid crisis.
  • To showcase, reward and celebrate art in our community.
  • To bolster and revitalise community spirit with large images of shortlisted artwork on public display in the Hokitika CBD, and touring to other West Coast centres.
  • To offer incentive for artists to continue making their art during challenging times.
  • To establish a Regional Art competition that recognises excellence and will benefit West Coast artists into the future.
  • To document local artists’ experiences during the Covid Crisis, a major event in world history.