What if we just made art, not the climate crisis? - Exhibition!!!

Exhibiting the winners

Kia ora and welcome to Generation Zero Wellington’s Art exhibition: What if we just made art, not the climate crisis? Over the summer, many of you from all around te Whanganui-a-Tara have been creating beautiful art pieces full of hope. We are so excited to have the opportunity to exhibit some of these pieces and celebrate our community and future! We are launching the exhibition with an opening night on Friday 14th April, 6-7:30pm, full of kai, art and great conversation!


Where: Te Auaha Gallery, 65 Dixon Street, Te Aro
When: Friday, 14th April 6pm - 26th April 5pm.


Kicking off with some speakers and kai, you will have the opportunity to hear from the talented judges, contribute to our community mural, connect with other community groups and members and celebrate hope for a climate safe future!


Exhibition accessibility: Venue is wheelchair accessible, with wheelchair accessible toilet and non-gendered toilets. Please let us know if you have any access needs and we can do our best to accommodate.


This event is a safe, inclusive event for all, especially our rainbow whānau. Please only attend if you can hold space, celebrate and show love for those of all backgrounds and identities. Hate and bigotry will not be tolerated. There will be live music and some discussion groups at specific times which are yet to be confirmed - keep an eye out for them!


Any questions? Feel free to flick us a dm or email us at [email protected]



The Competition

Generation Zero Wellington invited anyone in the Wellington region (including the Kāpiti Coast but not the Wairarapa) to submit to their art competition using the prompt “What if we just made art, not the climate crisis?”

The future is in our hands. Show us what a climate safe future looks, feels, or sounds like to you, in the form of art. There are no wrong answers, only possibilities. 

Artwork can be a still image, paintings, drawings, poems, or other, but must be submitted digitally. Winning artwork will be physically exhibited, so keep this in mind too!


How do I enter? 


The competition is open from 12th December 2022 to 14th March 2023. You can submit your art to [email protected] in attachment or by sharing access to a google folder. When you submit please add your name, age, suburb, contact email, a paragraph to introduce and explain your piece of art. If you have any social media or websites you have that you would like linked to your artwork, please let us know!

Winning artwork will be exhibited across Wellington on billstickers and bollards in sizes A0, A1, and A3. To ensure your artwork is compatible with dimensions for exhibition please refer to the billsticker/bollards frame in the T&Cs. 

We encourage submissions from people of all ages. Your work will be judged within three different age categories:

  • Age 10 and under 
  • Age 10 - 17 
  • Adult (Age 18 and above)


What happens after? 


We have an exciting panel of judges who will pick out first, second and third place winners within each category. They will be looking at the inspiration, creativity, message and the feelings you evoke in the viewer with your work. 

Winners and runners up in each category will have the chance for their art to be exhibited in numerous places around the Wellington region, from our website and social media platforms, to billboards around town, and a physical exhibition in the Autumn of 2023.  

Winners will additionally receive prizes to the value of $700 (1st place), $300 (2nd place) or $100 (3rd place). These will be a range of vouchers to help out with the cost of living and to support your artistic goals, such as vouchers for art supplies, transport costs and kai. 

Judges will be announced in early 2023 and will look at all of your submissions after the competition closes on March 14th 2023. Do make sure to get your art in early though, as we will be posting a few top picks from our volunteers on our social media throughout the competition. Judges' decisions of winners will be announced in March 2023, with an exhibition hopefully following soon after.  

For more specific information, please refer to our FAQs and Details & Terms, or get in touch with any queries at [email protected]


Find the briefing in NZ Sign Language here

This Sign Language translation was provided by Signability NZ!




Details & Terms


We look forward to receiving your art!

Generation Zero Pōneke team :)