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They were selected from 472 entries to join a shortlist of 70 others who were in the running to win the Parkin Drawing Prize worth $20,000, or one of 10 highly commended prizes of $500.
The winners will be announced on August 5.
The artists are Madison Kelly, Motoko Kikkawa, James Robinson, James Thomson-Bache, Robert West, Marie Strauss, Marion Wassenaar, Tom Fox and Emily Gordon.
Of those, Mr Fox and Ms Strauss each had two of their works selected.
In comparison, 14 Auckland artists made the shortlist and three Christchurch artists. Last year, two Dunedin artists made the cut.
An advisory panel of artist, writer, curator and Professor Robert Jahnke, New Zealand artist Darryn George, and Te Papa Tongarewa head of art Charlotte Davy selected the works.
They will be kept on display in an exhibition at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington from August 6 to September 8.