Adam Portraiture Award 2020


New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Shed 11, Wellington Waterfront

Start date: 

27 February 2020

End date: 

9 August 2020

Hours of admission: 

10:30am - 4:30pm

The New Zealand Portrait Gallery has reopened at COVID-19 Alert Level 2, and the exhibition has been extended to August 9.

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) selected finalists from a record number of entries, and from these an overall winner and runner-up were chosen.


Winner of the 2020 Adam Portraiture Award

Sacha Lees for Sometimes an outline coloured in

Vivienne Still for Engage

Highly Commended
Marcus Ebbett for Marcus
Stephen Lawrie for Friday after work with Emma
Duncan Pepe Long for DAVID
Lisa Munnelly for Stephen
Todd Simpson for Screwed up - A Self-Portrait

Click here to view all 50 finalists


People's Choice Award

Exhibition viewers are encouraged to cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award, the winner of which will receive $2,500.

Click here to vote online


The Adam Portraiture Award would not be possible without the generous support of The Adam Foundation