The 2019 Hawke's Bay Art Review

16 Byron Street, Napier

The Hawke’s Bay Art Review is a selected biennial regional exhibition and award, showcasing art excellence in Hawke’s Bay.

Submissions are invited from local emerging and established artists in printmaking, painting and drawing, sculpture, photography, multi-media, design and ceramics from artists throughout New Zealand, who have close connections to Hawke’s Bay. All the galleries at Creative Arts Napier will be dedicated to displaying the selected works.

We are proud to announce that the Guest Judge for 2019 is Bill Milbank. Bill is the former long-term director of Whanganui’s Sarjeant Gallery, Art dealer at Milbank Gallery & exhibition curator, and has previously judged the ‘East’ exhibition at Hastings City Art Gallery.

Bill will also select the winning art work, to be announced at the Gala Opening on Friday 31 May 2019. The winner will receive The Gordon Harris Premier Award of $1000 worth of artist’s materials.

Gala opening: Friday 31 May, 5-7pm. All welcome!

We would like to thank Crab Farm Winery, Scenic Circle Te Pania Hotel and Gordon Harris for their generous sponsorship of the Hawke’s Bay Art Review.

Key dates:
Calls for Submissions: Now open: $30 per entry
Tuesday 30 April at 4.00pm: Submissions close
Friday 17 May: Artists informed of selection
Tuesday 28 May: Last Courier and hand delivery to CAN by 4.00pm
No late deliveries accepted.
Friday 31 May 5-7pm: Gala Opening: Announcement of $1000 winner. All welcome!
Thursday 27 June: Exhibition Closes
Friday 28 June: Collection and return of unsold works.

Artists: Please contact Creative Arts Napier for full details and application form: or download the entry form, and terms and conditions from

About Bill Milbank:
Bill Milbank owns WHMilbank Gallery. He is an art dealer, consultant, appraiser and valuer.

Bill set up his art gallery and consultancy in 2007 after a long, successful and high profile career as the Whanganui Sarjeant Gallery director. Over his time from 1978 to 2005, Bill developed and toured more exhibitions around New Zealand than any other NZ public gallery.

He was recognized at a national level becoming chair of the Art Galleries Directors’ Council and Vice Chair of the Art Galleries Association of New Zealand. He is currently executive officer of the Edith Collier Trust. Bill also put in place the extension plans for the Sarjeant Gallery, which are now coming to fruition.

The WHMilbank Gallery curates monthly exhibitions of local and New Zealand artists in a beautiful, historic building, once the home to the United Ancient Order of Druids, at 1B Bell Street, just a short walk from the Sarjeant Gallery. In rooms behind this gallery he presents stock by diverse artists and in the large spacious Druids meeting hall he displays New Zealand’s most comprehensive dealer gallery collection of paintings and drawings of New Zealand’s leading expressionist painter Philip Trusttum.

These works are available for viewing and purchase backed by Bill’s knowledge and advice. Based on his extensive art knowledge Bill also provides the public with fairly priced art appraisals and valuations.

Bill also offers curatorial advice and assistance to Art Galleries and Museums, and based on his consultancy services to public and private collections.

Take a look around...


Fri 21st Jun 2019, 10:00am

Sat 22nd Jun 2019, 10:00am

Sun 23rd Jun 2019, 10:00am

Mon 24th Jun 2019, 10:00am

Tue 25th Jun 2019, 10:00am

Wed 26th Jun 2019, 10:00am

Thu 27th Jun 2019, 10:00am


Creative Arts Napier, Community Arts Centre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

16 Byron Street, Napier