Essentially Hawke's Bay

This is the theme of the 2019 Art Hawke’s Bay Annual Art Exhibition, to be held at the Cheval Room, Hastings Racing Centre.

The Exhibition will run from Wednesday 20 March until Sunday evening 24 March 2019.

Receiving day will be Sunday 17 March and collection day Monday 25 March. Times for both these days to be confirmed.

Categories are:

  • Rural
  • Bay Folk
  • Outside the Box, Inside the Bay
  • Urban
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Still Life
  • The Elements


Hawke’s Bay Captured

This was the theme of our 12th annual art exhibition for artists belonging to art clubs and groups in Hawke’s Bay. The exhibition ran from opening night on Wednesday 21 March to Sunday 25 March 2018.

For the first time we included a competition section for sculptors. This year there was also a competition section for art by secondary school students. There were many sponsored prizes to be won.

We are thrilled to have MCL Construction as our main sponsor. They are a long-standing, highly professional Hawke’s Bay company of 70 years with an interest in supporting both local artists and charities.

The activities began with a scholarship for one or two artists to work with Helen Dynes, this year’s selector. Helen also held a workshop for artists on Saturday 25 March. On Saturday there was a selector’s floor talk with Helen, starting at 9.30am.

There was a silent auction for Cranford Hospice with a different selection of art and items.

The venue was the Cheval Room at the Hastings Racecourse. Entry was free, from 9.00 am – 6.00 pm daily. From opening night until closing four days later, the works in the exhibition were for sale. They remain so from this website.