Applications for the 2019 Pat Hanly Creativity Awards are now open! 

The 2019 Pat Hanly Creativity Awards are now open for nominations, honouring creative and talented Auckland region Year 13 Visual Arts students. Heads of Department and Visual Art Teachers, read on for how to nominate your students.

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki has been the proud host of the Pat Hanly Creativity Awards since 2002. The awards, supported by primary sponsor AUT, acknowledge Pat’s outstanding contribution to New Zealand contemporary art and his passion for art education and supporting young artists.

The Pat Hanly Creativity Awards were created to acknowledge the voice of young people, he respected and encouraged those voices, indeed when he ‘retired’ as an artist, he said it was “to make way for the new generation of artists”.  - Amber Rhodes, daughter of Pat Hanly

Award nominations are open to Heads of Departments and Art Teachers of Visual Arts in the greater Auckland area, nominating a maximum of two Year 13 students who have demonstrated outstanding creativity, imagination and commitment to the visual arts. Students are then asked to submit an artist’s statement and an image of a work to complete the entry.

As part of the Award, sixty selected students will receive a certificate and goody bag of art materials presented at an awards ceremony open to them and two guests, followed by two all-expenses-paid exclusive art workshops.

Pat Hanly Creativity Awards sponsors

Nominated students must be available; if selected, to attend the Pat Hanly Creativity Awards ceremony on Thursday 29 August 2019 and the workshops on:

  • Saturday 14 September, 10am–3pm at AUT

  • Tuesday 1 October, 10am–1pm or Thursday 3 October, 10am–1pm at Auckland Art Gallery

Nominations close Monday 5 August, 5pm

All details including dates and instructions are in the nomination form which you can download here.

If you have any queries please contact

We are pleased to announce this years Pat Hanly Creativity Award recipient workshops will include working with the following contemporary New Zealand artists: