The Parkin Drawing Prize is Aotearoa New Zealand’s premier award for drawing. It promotes drawing in all its forms – as discovery, a testing of ideas, and decision making.


Calling all artist....

The NZ Academy of Fine Arts and the Parkin Foundation are pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2021 Parkin Drawing Prize. Founded by arts patron, businessman and philanthropist Chris Parkin, the national drawing prize is now into its ninth year and has grown into a well-recognised competition not to be missed in the New Zealand arts scene.

The prestigious national prize is $25,000, as well as offering 10 highly commended prizes each worth $500.

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18 March 2021

Entry is now open.

8 June 2021

Entries close at 4pm. 
Late entries will not be accepted.

28 June 2021

Works shortlisted for the prize will be announced.

23 July 2021 

Works shortlisted for the prize to arrive at the Academy, 4pm.

 2 August 2021

The winner will be announced at the official awards evening at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.

3-29 August 2021 

The exhibition will open to the public.




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