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The theme of the exhibition is empathy, compassion and non violence.

With so many stories in the media about family violence, abuse and bullying, we often feel powerless to bring about change. Empathy helps dissolve the borders that separate people, that allow one group to deem another group or individual to be less human. Empathy helps us to understand difference and recognise that our emotions are universal – that we’re all connected.

This year's exhibition title comes from the Roots of Empathy educational organisation, which works in schools all over the world to help children learn to respond effectively to the needs of others in gentle, loving ways, especially where there is conflict. Their program is proven to significantly reduce bullying and aggression, and results in children learning how to express their emotions and resolve conflicts effectively.

We hope the exhibition theme (and the Roots of Empathy's work), will inspire you to consider what empathy means to you and express it in your artwork for the exhibition.
Check out the Roots of Empathy NZ website here

Submissions close 7 September 2019.


1. The 10" x 10" feature wall has canvas/artwork of that size that are hung together in a grid. They are priced at $150. Artists cannot charge a commission for these.​


2. Single works can be any size up to 100x100cm. Artists can charge a commission up to 30% to cover costs. We would be very grateful if all works were fully donated as all funds raised go to Roots of Empathy.


For 10" x 10" works with 1½" deep stretcher bars, DO NOT attach D-rings or hanging cords – the gallery will take care of hanging for you. 

All other works must be ready for hanging. Plinths will be available for sculpture, jewellery or other 3D objects. 

Please attach swing tags to the back of all works, with the following information: Name, Title, Medium.


Work(s) to be delivered to: 

Depot Artspace,
 28 Clarence Street, Devonport on Wednesday, 18th September 
(10am-4pm) or Thursday, 19th September (must be before 10am)


OR Fiona Barrett in Mt Eden, by Monday 16th September


OR Belinda King in Green Bay, Auckland by Monday 16th September

Please email us for full delivery addresses.


We are very grateful for all works donated, but unfortunately we don’t have the facilities to store any works that don’t sell. Unsold works must be collected from Depot Artspace between 2:30pm on 9th October and 4.30pm on 10th of October 2019, or from Belinda or Fiona, by prior arrangement.

Please Note: By submitting your artwork(s) you acknowledge that it may be used for publicity purposes. Although all care will be taken, Art for Change can not be responsible for any damage to artworks in transit or at the exhibition. Insurance of artworks is the responsibility of the artist. The Art for Change and Depot Artspace curation Team reserve the right to have final say on which artworks will be included in the exhibition.

Any questions please email

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