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Get your artwork published in one of
our New Zealand art calendars.

We believe every New Zealand artist in our community is deserving of the spotlight.

In partnership with BrownTrout Publishers Australia, we produce New Zealand art calendars each year.

There’s just something about connecting artists with a wider audience that sets our hearts aflutter. The chance to showcase their incredible talent and bring their artwork into the homes, offices, and hearts of people all around New Zealand makes our soul sing.

It’s a journey we’re grateful to be on, and we couldn’t do it without the amazing talents of the artists featured in our art calendars.

So, if you want be included in the next New Zealand art calendar, then add your email to our artist email newsletter to be in the know when our Artist Call Out opens.

 

PS: Alongside our art calendars, we also work with the BrownTrout to create their calendar templates and licensed calendars for a variety of international brands, so its fair to say calendars are our jam.

Get noticed

Your work will be on the shelves of stationery stores around New Zealand (and online!), and will be seen by thousands of eyes for an entire month.

Extra income

All successful artists not only get paid to appear in the calendars, but also have the opportunity to purchase calendars (at wholesale prices) to sell to your network.

Feel good

We’re not going to lie – getting your work published in one of our art calendars gives you a dopamine hit all year long.

What sort of ‘art’ is accepted?

Open to all New Zealand visual artists – both established and emerging. Paintings and illustrations are accepted.

Submission artwork doesn’t need to be current either, it can be an old favourite. So if you’ve got a piece which has already sold, or one that you don’t want to part with, it could be a great opportunity to earn some extra money.

We don’t accept: digital art*, sculpture, ceramics, textile art or photography.

*Note: Ultimately the decision comes from the publisher, however we create these calendars to give traditional visual artists an opportunity to showcase their work to an analog audience.

Is there a theme?

The theme is the same every year: New Zealand.

This can include landscapes, portraits, cityscapes, kiwiana – essentially anything relating to New Zealand.

Is there a max file size for image uploads?

Our submission form has a max file size of 10 MB, however our Dropbox folder (provided at the end of the form) is unlimited.

If you have a ton of images to upload, we suggest uploading one image in the form and the rest into our Dropbox folder.

Where are the calendars sold?

Calendars are sold online and throughout New Zealand at the usual stationery outlets (Paper Plus, etc). They’re also available in Australia via some online stockists (Booktopia, Calendar Club, etc).

Click here for a full list of stockists.

Do artists get paid?

Absolutely! All successful artists are paid, with the final amount dependent on whether their artwork is selected for the cover (this scores an extra NZ$120).

Payment options include:

  • Receive NZ$120 per image, or
  • Receive x30 calendars (RRP NZ$25.99).

Regardless of which payment option is selected, all successful artists also receive a couple of samples of the printed calendar.

What other perks are there?

Each successful artists name, artwork title and website are printed inside each calendar, plus each artists name is also printed on the back cover.

There is no cost to you – the publisher manages the printing, the distribution and each stockist manage any advertising of the calendar to their customers.

When do you announce selections?

Our typical process is to shortlist and then make the initial selections. Once we’ve received the Publishers approval we can move onto the production phase (popping each selected piece into the calendar and sending successful artists their proofs to check).

Unfortunately we can’t make any announcements regarding the selections, in-case we need to make any last minute swaps (with the shortlisted artists) – or the calendar title is completely pulled from production (this is super rare).

Once the calendar has been sent to print, we will share the final calendar and artist selections to the masses via our artist call out email and social media.

File set up guide

All images must be high resolution

  • 300 DPI or higher
  • RGB
  • JPG, TIFF files accepted
  • at least 3600 px (shortest edge)

Square format

Calendars are a square format and will be printed with full bleed (no white borders).

You’re welcome to supply rectangle images – we’ll crop the artwork to the best fit.

Before sending the calendars to print, we also send each successful artist a PDF proof of their month to double check information and the crop.

File names

Please name your files with your full name and artwork title, for example:
FirstnameSurname_ArtworkTitle.jpg

This helps us to know which file belongs to which artist when create the shortlist.

No phone images

We suggest using a DSLR camera which will give you more creative control when it comes to exposure, white balance and resolution. If you’re not super confident about taking your own photos – we have a Art Photography Checklist available for download.

Licensing terms

To be included in the submission process, all artists need to fill out the Submission Form, as this includes information regarding our Licensing Terms.

Multiple images

You’re welcome to submit more than one image. We provide a Dropbox link at the end of the Submission Form to upload your images.

Please don’t fill out the form multiple times. 

Curious about which camera settings will make your masterpiece pop? Wondering how to avoid those pesky glares and reflections that haunt your every shot? Want to know the best lighting setup to make your artwork shine like a star?
Our Art Photography Checklist is your secret weapon to capturing the perfect photo of your artwork, all while avoiding those dreaded publishing standards pitfalls.

We’ve packed it chock-full of helpful information and quirky advice that will have you snapping like a pro in no time.

So put on your photographer’s hat (or beret, if you’re feeling artsy), and get ready to up your photography game. With our Art Photography Checklist, you’ll be capturing and submitting jaw-dropping photos that’ll make our calendar selection committee squeal with delight!

Previous artists and calendars

Contemporary New Zealand Art 2025

Featuring Timo Rannali, Sue Lockett, Mauricio Benega, Kat Stefanova, Iwen Yong, Rosslyn Johnson, Lara Mumby-Croft, Paul Herbert (cover artist), Kelly Rowe and Shanna Olivier.

Artists’ Impressions of New Zealand 2025

Featuring Sarah Pou, Sarah Garland, Bonnie Fraser, Kat Stefanova, Graham Taylor, Maryann Morgan McKee, Paul Herbert, Veronika Lambert, Jo Gallagher, Vicki Fraser and Timo Rannali (cover artist).

Contemporary New Zealand Art 2024 calendar cover

Contemporary New Zealand Art 2024

Featuring Livia Dias, Ira Mitchell, Sarah Pou (cover artist), Kirsten McIntosh, Marcia Soanes, Mark Tyrrell, Timon Maxey, Rosslyn Johnson, Lori Davis, Joanne Bowe, Bonnie Fraser and Shirley Cresswell.

Artists’ Impressions of<br />
New Zealand 2024 calendar cover.

Artists’ Impressions of
New Zealand 2024

Featuring Amber Adams, Shirley Cresswell, Sarah Pou, Bonnie Fraser, Lindsey Baker, Irina Velman, Charlotte Hird, Rosanne Croucher, Libby McColl, Nicola Welten (cover artist), Laura Smith and Bernice Radcliffe.

Contemporary New Zealand Art calendar cover, 2023.

Contemporary New Zealand Art 2023

Featuring Rosanne Croucher, Bob Mitchener, Lindsey Baker, Sarah Garland, David Corballis, Charlotte Hird, Arna Marshall, Miranda J. Caird, Tatyana Kulida, Paula Brill, Heimler & Proc and Irina Velman (cover artist).

Artist Impressions of New Zealand calendar cover, 2023.

Artists’ Impressions of New Zealand 2023

Featuring Libby McColl, Kerri-Lee Gunter, Irina Velman (cover artist), Ira Mitchell, Rosanne Croucher, Renee Walden, Jacquie Ellis, Carl Cockill and Livia Dias.

Contemporary New Zealand Art calendar cover, 2022.

Contemporary New Zealand Art 2022

Featuring Ira Mitchell, Terry Bennett, Timon Maxey, Mauricio Benega, Caroline della Porta, Tim Spindler, Verena Tagmann, Julie Greig, Lindsey Baker, Jacquie Ellis, Marc McKinlay (cover artist) and Richard Robinson.

Artists' Impressions of New Zealand calendar cover, 2022.

Artists’ Impressions of New Zealand 2022

Featuring Heimler & Proc, Lindsey Baker, Haihui Wang, Timon Maxey, Richard Robinson (cover artist), Jo Gallagher, Fiona Goulding, Libby McColl, Livia Dias, Marilyn Andrews and Rosslyn Johnson.

Artist's Impressions of New Zealand calendar cover, 2021.

New Zealand in Watercolour 2022

Featuring Jodi Ferris, Charlotte Hird, Desmond Bovey (cover artist), Smita Upadhye, David Corballis, Alan Collins, Alfred Memelink and Annette Straugheir.

Contemporary New Zealand Art calendar cover, 2021.

Contemporary New Zealand Art 2021

Featuring Wayne Vickers, Mauricio Benega, Livia Dias, Libby McColl, Kylie Wardlaw, Timon Maxey, Carina Orvan, Sue Currie (cover artist), Pauline Gough and Richard Robinson.

Artist's Impressions of New Zealand calendar cover, 2021.

Artists’ Impressions of New Zealand 2021

Featuring Bryce Brown, Fiona Goulding, Jacquie Ellis, Steve Bellamy, Ian Scott, Sandra Whyte, Libby McColl, Livia Dias, Emmaline Bailey, Richard Robinson and Irina Velman (cover artist).

Māori Art of Aotearoa calendar cover, 2021.

Māori Art of Aotearoa 2021

Featuring Michelle Estall, Lewis Gardiner, Te Maari Gardiner, Michael
Matchitt, Kura Te Waru-Rewiri, Lily Kaukau, Aaron Manuel, Whare Bidois
and Tane Te Manu McRoberts (cover artist).

New Zealand in Watercolour calendar cover, 2021.

New Zealand in Watercolour 2021

Featuring Darina Denali, Dennis Greenwood, Charlotte Hird, Joy de Geus (cover artist), David Corballis, Stewart McLennan, Ginette Wang, Dianne Taylor, Alfred Memelink, Sue Currie, Jodi Ferris and Emily Moffitt.

Contemporary New Zealand Art calendar cover, 2020.

Contemporary New Zealand Art 2020

Featuring Mauricio Benega, Donna Massey, Heimler & Proc, Matt Guild, Julie Greig, Irina Velman (cover artist), Ira Mitchell, Libby McColl and Jo Gallagher.

Artists' Impressions of New Zealand Art 2020 calendar cover

Artists’ Impressions of New Zealand 2020

Featuring Matt Guild (cover artist), Ira Mitchell, Alfred Memelink, Fiona Goulding, Sandra Whyte, Donna Massey, Stephanie Crisp, Jacquie Ellis, Julie Greig and Irina Velman.

Contemporary New Zealand Art calendar cover, 2020.

New Zealand in Watercolour 2020

Featuring Sue Wild, Andy Hamilton, Prior Hoadley, Jacky Pearson, Robin Kay, Alfred Memelink (cover artist), Svetlana Orinko, Alan Collins and James Neumann.

Māori Art of Aotearoa calendar cover, 2020.

Māori Art of Aotearoa 2020

Featuring Todd Couper (cover artist), Madia Purvis, Vendelas Illustrations, Arohanoa Mathews, Dan Irvine, Saber Stainton, Janie Tuapawa-Hitaua, Ani Huia Ligaliga, Sam Mangakāhia and Tania Lewis-Rickard.

Māori Art of Aotearoa calendar cover, 2021.

Contemporary New Zealand Art 2019

Featuring Alfred Memelink, Mauricio Benega, Lindsey Baker, James Neumann, Jo Gallagher, Donna Massey (cover artist), Fiona Goulding, Reina Cottier, Monique Endt and Raymond Jennings.

Artists' Impressions of New Zealand Art 2020 calendar cover

Māori Art of Aotearoa 2019

Featuring Madia Purvis, Lewis Gardiner, Todd Couper (cover artist), Cori Marsters, Adrienne Spratt, Shano Hoani Hawea, Tawhai Rickard, Whare Bidois, Regan Balzer and Arohanoa Mathews.

Māori Art of Aotearoa calendar cover, 2021.

Artists’ Impressions of New Zealand 2019

Featuring Reina Cottier, Lindsey Baker (cover artist), Fiona Goulding, Alfred Memelink, Jo Gallagher, Sally-Ann Davies, Alan Collins, Jennifer Cook-Battersby and Raymond Jennings.

Māori Art of Aotearoa calendar cover, 2020.

New Zealand in Watercolour 2019

Featuring Sue Currie (cover artist), Varun Gupta, Claudia Slaney, Alfred Memelink, David Corballis, Amanda Brett, Dianne Taylor and Elise De Silva.

… there’s a few others too, but we feel you get the idea…