New Zealand Rural Sculpture Awards

‘The Spirit of the Land’


The Kimbolton Arts and Sculpture Trust invites entries to the New Zealand Rural Sculpture Awards to be awarded at the Kimbolton Rural Sculpture Festival on April 6 2019.


The 2019 Awards and Prizes 


The NZ Rural Sculpture Award: $5,000 (non-acquisition award).

The NZ Rural Sculpture Award Runner Up: $1000

The NZ Creative Cocky Sculpture Award: $2000

The NZ Creative Cocky Runner Up: $500

The NZ Rural Small Sculpture Award: $1000

The NZ Rural Small Sculpture Award Runner Up - $500

The Local Yokel Sculptor Award: $550

The Local Yokel Runner Up $250

The People’s Choice Award: $1000


Primary School Students attending Years 1 – 4  $200

Primary & Intermediate Students Years 5 - 9  $400

Secondary School Students – $600

The Young Persons Group Sculpture Award: $500 (For Juniors Up to 7 years).

5 merit awards of $300 will be awarded by the judges across all categories at their sole discretion.

Overall Criteria

The New Zealand Rural Sculpture Awards are awarded to sculptures which showcase and capture the essence of New Zealand’s rural landscape, its nature and communities. The work should reflect the resilience, heart, soul and humour of those who live, work and love this land.

Entrants are encouraged to give expression to their cultural heritage and their own experience and interpretation of ‘The Spirit of the Land’.

Sculptures are to be constructed from natural or manufactured materials, whether new or recycled,  commonly associated with farming or rural landscapes. Sculptures are to exhibit originality, skill, imagination, ingenuity and resourcefulness in their construction.

Please note – entries are to be substantially the work of one person. Technical support can be provided to the artist/sculptor by others, but this must be explicitly noted by the entrant as part of their entry.*

Group entries are invited from children up to seven years old

Individual youth awards will be awarded in 3 categories. Eligible youth must  attend schools or preschools or be home schooled within a 30 kilometre radius of Kimbolton.


Youth not living within 30 kilometres of Kimbolton  may put entries into the adult competitions.

Adult entries are 18 plus.

·        FAQ are being developed to provide example questions an answers in relation to the criteria.

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