Following the success of the previous nine years, preparations are well on the way to creating the tenth annual NZ Body Art Showcase.

Our aim in the production of this event is to celebrate and encourage the special effects makeup industry in New Zealand, offering aspiring artist opportunities for employment and education through the NZ Body Art Trust.

The NZ Body Art Showcase is an important fundraiser for the NZ Body Art Trust, attracting local, national and international participation and audience, with the potential to be the most significant body art event of is kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

The NZ Body Art Showcase provides a platform for those who wish to pursue a career in the field of makeup and special effects, highlighting New Zealand as a mecca for the film and television industry, promoting high-level creativity, performance and entertainment. On the back of the international success of creative New Zealanders, especially in the film field, there is impetus to capitalize and build on successes by developing events which work in with this and celebrate, encourage and reward creative excellence.

Body painting festivals happen annually across the world, bringing together professional body painters as well as keen amateurs. In 2006, after being in the pubs of Auckland for four year the NZ Body Art Awards was introduced on Auckland’s North Shore.
Body art has not been very well known in New Zealand before that, but it came into people’s minds with the Lord of the Rings trilogy being filmed in Aotearoa.

We hope that you will join us on Saturday 1st September 2018 at Rangatira, Q Theatre and celebrate the amazing talent that this event showcases.

For tickets, please visit





For winners and posters from previous shows, click here.




Meet the hard working team who help put together the NZ Body Art Showcase.

Mem Bourke
Director & Creator

Poata Eruera
Producer & Artistic Director

Film Writer/Director Poata Eruera has been Stage Manager since the inception of the NZ Body Art Showcase.

This year he steps into the role of Producer and Artistic Director to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of this wonderful event.

Samantha Fernandes
Sponsorship Facilitator

Maz Mace
Online Content

Maz has been helping out with the NZ Body Art Showcase website and social media for the last 9 or 10 years.