Adam Portraiture Award 2020


New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Shed 11, Wellington Waterfront

Start date: 

27 February 2020

End date: 

22 May 2020

Hours of admission: 

Currently available to view online only

New Zealand’s premier portrait prize returns in 2020.

Congratulations to Sacha Lees, winner of the 2020 Adam Portraiture Award! Click here for more

Finalists have been announced. Click here to view the selection.

The Adam Portraiture Award is a biennial competition for painted portraits of New Zealanders, by New Zealanders and presents a breadth of responses to identity, and representation.

This year, our judges (Karen Quinlan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, and Linda Tyler, convenor of Museums and Cultural Heritage at the University of Auckland) will select finalists from a record number of entries, and from these an overall winner and runner-up will be chosen.


The exhibition opens to the public on February 27. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award, the winner of which will receive $2,500.


The Adam Portraiture Award would not be possible without the support of The Adam Foundation and their generous sponsorship of our prizes.