Creative Arts

Channel your love for the environment through art!


Each year we open the invitation to children and schools, to respond to our annual Eye on Nature theme, through visual arts.

Kindergarten, primary and intermediate age students are supported to learn in-depth on the theme and are rewarded with a professional exhibition at Auckland Botanic Gardens Gallery Space. The programme is driven by interactive learning outcomes and offers over $2,500 in total prize money.

The theme for 2021 is:
Mai nga maunga ki te moana, ko te wai te oranga. From the mountains to the sea, Water is Life

Eye on Nature encourages tamariki to instigate more sustainable solutions everyday, everywhere. Through Creative Arts, students are encouraged to think holistically about their project. They not only have to align their creation with the theme contextually; they are also asked to consider the materials they use, whether they can reuse or repurpose resources or if what they’re using is harmful to the environment. Research of the theme and how a student’s artwork relates to the theme is also heavily weighted by the judges, to encourage further environmental investigation.

Save the dates for the 2021 competition!

Entries due:  31 March - email
Exhibition Grand Opening and Prize Giving: 17 April
Exhibition closes: 26 April

Information and Entry Form