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SUPPORTING ARTISTS

New Zealand
Art Calendars

On behalf of BrownTrout Publishers, Elastic Design produce a bunch of New Zealand art calendars each year. Submissions for our 2024 calendars have now closed.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What sort of 'art' is accepted?

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

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 the 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 the Dropbox folder.

Where are the calendars sold?

Calendars are sold online and throughout New Zealand at the usual stationery outlets (Whitcoulls, Warehouse Stationery and Paper Plus, etc).

Click here for a full list of New Zealand stockists.

Before you hit up the stores, we also suggest reaching out to your favourite artist for a calendar they’re featured in. They might have a few calendars to sell to the public – and you’ll be able help support them directly.

Do artists get paid?

Absolutely! All successful artists are paid, with the final amount dependent on whether their artwork is selected for the cover.

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 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, with artist names also on the back cover.

There is no cost to you – the publisher manages the printing, the distribution and the stockists promote the calendar to their audiences.

Artists can also submit old art work. So if you’ve got a favourite piece which as already sold, or one that you don’t want to part with, send it through to get the chance to earn a little extra money.

When do you announce the selected artists?

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, which means 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 – then we’ll (and the successful artists) will share the final calendar to the masses.

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.

CHECKLIST

File setup guide

To make the submission process a little easier we’ve created a file specification checklist to help you get your images ready before submitting.

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IMAGES MUST BE HIGH RESOLUTION

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

Calendars are a square format and will be printed with full bleed (so no white borders). You’re welcome to supply rectangle images – we will crop artwork to the best fit. Before sending the calendars to print, we also send each artist a PDF proof of their month to check.
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FILE NAMES

Please name your files with your name and artwork title, e.g. FirstnameSurname_ArtworkTitle.jpg

THINGS TO NOTE

No smartphone images

We suggest using a DSLR camera which will give you more creative control when it comes to exposure, white balance and resolution.

No email submissions

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

Multiple images

You’re welcome to submit more than one image. We provide a Dropbox link at the end of the Application Form to upload your images into. Please don’t fill out the form multiple times.

APPLICATION FORM

Get involved

Submissions for our 2024 calendars closed Sunday 22 January 2023.

WHAT WE’VE DONE

Previous calendars and artists

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 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).

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.

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.

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.

Maori Art Calendar 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).

Artist's Impressions Art Calendar 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).

Contemporary Art Calendar 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.

New Zealand in Watercolour

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.

Maori Art of Aotearoa calendar 2020

Māori Art of Aotearoa 2020

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

Artist's Impressions Art Calendar 2021

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 Art Calendar 2021

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.

… there’s tons of others too, but we feel you get the idea.

CUSTOM CALENDARS

We also produce custom calendars for artists’ – and small businesses too.

We’ve been working with calendars (not just art ones) for over ten years so we’d love to share our experience and skills with you.

You’ll receive

  • in-depth design consultation
    including marketing and publishing advice
  • image processing
  • calendar design and layout
  • 3 rounds of revisions
  • a print ready PDF

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