Art Awards

The Hope and Sons Art Awards are a very successful biennial event, first starting in 1998 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Otago province. 

Local artworks a feature of Hope and Sons' funeral home.

The support for local art, having become a strong family tradition, is reflected in the many works on display in the chapel and reception areas of Hope and Sons' funeral home on Andersons Bay Rd, Dunedin.


It is an extensive art collection, built up over many years, which forms more than simply an attractive backdrop for the complex. 

In their time of loss clients often find comfort in the memories that a certain painting can evoke — of happier times at a place where they may have visited, stayed or lived. Or it may be that the style of a painting can simply make a difference in the way a person feels, easing the pain.

The collection traces the changing styles of many local artists as they hone their skills and perfect their craft over a number of years. Many of the works within the collection were purchased when artists were starting their careers. Many of our artists are now nationally and internationally known. Notable artist John Toomer is an example, Hope and Sons purchased the first work he sold in the early 1970s.

2018 Art Awards Winners

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1st Prize 2018  - Jampa Stuart  Nightwatch

1st Prize 2018 - Jampa Stuart Nightwatch


1st Jampa Stuart Nightwatch

2nd Pauline Bellamy Max/Miranda

3rd Jasmine Middlebrook All I Want & Nothing More

People's Choice - Michelle Bellamy Fisherman's Village, Falls Dam

The Judges

  • 2018 Ewan McDougall

  • 2016 Prof Leoni Schmidt

  • 2014 Cam McCracken

  • 2012 Peter Chin and Michael Hope

  • 2010 Robyn Notman

  • 2008 Matheson Beaumont

  • 2006 Kari Morseth

  • 2004 John Toomer, Brian and Lyndon Hope

  • 2002 Els Noordhof

  • 2000 Roy Dickison

  • 1998 Marilynn Webb


1st Holly Todd On the Horizon

2nd Gemma Baldock Beneath the Surface

3rd Ruby Whitty What's this Mum?

People's Choice - Phillip Edwards A Walk in the Sea Mist


1st Jasmine Middlebrook O Confine Me Not

2nd Robert Ireland Karitane

3rd Maurice Middleditch Skippers Canyon

People's Choice - Murray Ayson Lake Duncan - Fiordland

1st  Karen Smith  Dansey’s Pass
2nd  Darren Tautari  Still Waters
3rd  Brian Stewart  The Remains of Summer
4th  Jasmine Middlebrook  A Moth Between Cupped Hands

1st  Paul Lindsay  Two Chairs – No Waiting
2nd  Robert Ireland  Stormy Landscape
3rd  Jane Mcleod  Last of the Roast Lamb
4th  Graham Tait  Cloud Shadows on the Lindis


1st  Valarie Webb  The Last Bowl
2nd  Graham Tait  Now and then, a glimpse of the sun
3rd  Anne Baldock  Dunedin Alley Way
4th = Douglas Williams  Tide of Innocence
4th =  Maurice Middleditch  Untouched World


1st  Adele Morshius  Somewhere Between
2nd  Kirsten Lovelock  The Pleasure Outing
3rd  Fyfe Blair  On the Peninsula 


1st  Donald Moorhead  Macrocarpa
2nd  Tony Shields  Low Tide, Otago Harbour
3rd  Steev Peyroux  Storm from the North II
4th  Murray Ayson  Dart River A Lord of the Rings Location



1st  Hilary Manson  Flight 1
2nd  Suzanne Platt  Spring Song
3rd  Jan Ingram  The Hosta Eater
4th Sheryl McCammon  Seaworthy


1st  June Tyson  Grace and Joy
2nd  Suzanne Platt  Boy on the Beach
3rd  Jan Ingram  The Magpie Collection
4th  Ian Govan  Kawarau at Goldfields



1st  Sr Mary Horn  The Immigrants, and the land was no longer free
2nd  Audrey Bascand  Same Hills, Dunedin – past and present
3rd  Inge Doesburg  Untitled
4th  Jan Ingram  Memories