Media Release
13 April 2016

Judges announced for prestigious Parkin Drawing Award

The judging panel consisting of recognised art practitioners, arts commentators and academics have been selected for 2016 Parkin Prize national drawing award.

The prestigious award attracting a major prize of $20,000 was launched four years ago by Chris Parkin, arts patron and former owner of Museum Art Hotel in Wellington.

Entries are now open to anyone living permanently in New Zealand. 10 highly commended prizes each worth $500.00 will also be offered, providing an added incentive for artists.

An advisory panel, consisting of iconic Kiwi artist Dick Frizzell, Arts commentator, historian and writer Warren Feeney, prolific New Zealand artist Judy Darragh and renowned painter Kelcy Taratoa will select the finalists for the exhibition at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts (02 August to 28 August 2016).

The winning submission will be selected and announced by Christchurch Art Gallery Director and MNZM, Jenny Harper at the opening of the Parkin Drawing Prize exhibition on Tuesday 2 August.

The Parkin Prize has become an award that is respected by the arts community and recognised by the general public as a national award of significance in support of drawing in New Zealand. I’m thrilled that once again we have an outstanding advisory panel and judge who bring the experience and acumen to the task at hand, as well as an enthusiasm and passion for the potential of what drawing can be,’ said Chris Parkin.

The competition, in association with the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, will promote excellence and innovation in drawing in all its forms (processes, materials and ideas) and aims to play an important role in fostering New Zealand drawing practice.

Greg Chaston, President of the Academy of Fine Arts says “The Academy is once again pleased to be hosting the Parkin Drawing Prize.  The scope and quality of artists’ entries each year continues to probe the understandings and expectations of art in NZ. 

We’re anticipating another thought provoking and diverse exhibition for this 2016 event and encourage all artists throughout NZ to submit work in this challenging genre.”

Entries close at 5pm on June 17, 2016. Forms and full details are available at www.parkinprize.org.nz.

For more information please contact:

Rebecca Reed – Communications Manager at rebeccareed@outlook.com

2016 Judges announced for Award