Registrations are now closed for Rotary Newmarket Art in a Day 2017. Check back later in the year for information about the 2018 event.


The 2017 Art in a Day challenge took place on Saturday 11th February 2017. Completed art works were exhibited at St Mark’s Parish Centre, Remuera, between Wednesday 15th and Saturday 19th February. Prize giving took place on Saturday 18th February.

An Artist Location map showing where the artists completed their artwork on competition day is available for download HERE or you can click on the photos below:

Grafton Gates, Park Road, Grafton

Osborne Street and Osborne Lane, Newmarket

Dove-Myer Robinson Park including Martyn Fields Reserve


Artists must be over 16 years of age.

A registration fee of $10 is payable prior to the event (details will follow on receipt of your registration form).

Artists must paint or draw ‘En Plein Air’ at one of the three designated locations (Listed above).

Entrants must bring their own canvas, paper or other appropriate substrate to the Jubilee Building, 545 Parnell Road, between 8am-9am on Saturday, 11th February 2017. It will be stamped and numbered for authentication purposes. Artists may have several substrates authenticated but only one finished artwork may be entered to the competition.

Entries into the competition must be submitted between 4pm-5pm on Saturday 11th February 2017. Submissions of artwork later than 5pm on this date will not be accepted. This condition will be strictly adhered to. Art works will be held by the organisers from this time until the end of the competition.

The size of the artwork must be between A4 (210mm x 297mm) and A1 (840mm x 594mm).

Entrants may use any type of drawing or painting media including acrylics, watercolours, oils, ink, charcoal, pen, pencil, pastels and Conte crayon.

Entries must be completed by a single artist. Three dimensional sculptural works, installation art, photography and moving images will not be accepted

Entrants may submit one work only, and must deliver it in person.

All work must be presented ready to hang with a completed Artist Information Form attached firmly to the back. Unframed canvases may be submitted if the edges are unpainted. All other work must be framed. Hanging hardware must be d-rings and not ring screws. Work that is not ready to hang will not be accepted. Artist information forms will be supplied to registered artists by email and copies will be available on the day. We recommend that entrants have their framing hardware ready and that they complete as much of the form as possible prior to the event.

The organisers reserve the right not to exhibit a work of art.

All works accepted by the organisers will be exhibited at Saint Mark’s Parish Centre, Newmarket, between Wednesday 15th and Saturday 18th February 2017.

Prizes for winning artworks will be awarded at a prize giving ceremony at Saint Mark’s Parish Centre on Saturday 18th February. Prizes will only be awarded to entrants if they are attending the awards ceremony in person. If you cannot attend the prize giving ceremony, you should not enter the competition.

Prize winners and their paintings will be photographed and available for publicity purposes only by the sponsors.

A silent auction will run throughout the exhibition. All artworks must be available for sale. 20% of all sales will go to the Art in a Day project to help fund future events with the remainder going to the artist. Artists may set a reserve for their work.

Artworks not sold in the auction must be collected from the Parnell Trust Offices, Jubilee Building, 545 Parnell Road, between Tuesday 21st February and Friday 24th February, between 9am-4pm. No works will be held after this time.

No responsibility is accepted by organisers for loss or damage to artworks.

The judges’ decision on competition winners is final.